Author: Thomas Reimer
ISBN 978-1-62137-133-5 (softcover)
ISBN 978-1-62137-134-2 (eBook)
"Pitchfork Murders" is a sequel to "Wild Onion" which told the story of two young immigrants: Axel Konrad and Seamus O’Shea. They were forced to leave Germany and Ireland to escape arrest for crimes they did not commit. The two meet on the docks of New York in 1831, make their way to Chicago, and settle down.
In "Pitchfork Murders" the two establish themselves: Axel founding the Greater Bank of Chicago while Seamus works on the construction of the I & M Canal and the expulsion of the Indians from Illinois. Both become family men. But soon the intrigues of the Old World surface. A series of mysterious murders begin to occur with no apparent motive. The victims are marked with stabs of a pitchfork. The mystery is finally solved in a surprise ending of the story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Thomas Reimer was born in Chicago. He graduated from Northwestern University’s Technological Institute. He worked for the government. After his retirement, he delved into genealogy, tracing his ancestors back to Germany. His research culminated in three books. He also wrote his autobiography before entering the world of fiction. His first novel, Death of the King, is based on the real life of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
Mr. Reimer’s second novel, Wild Onion, introduced the reader to Seamus O’Shea and Axel Konrad, two immigrant lads, one Irish, the other German, who met in New York in 1831. They became friends, journeyed west, survived an Indian attack and settled in Chicago. Wild Onion tells of their adjustment to America, the primitive nature of the village of Chicago and challenges to their health and very existence.
In "Pitchfork Murders," Mr. Reimer continues the story of Axel Konrad and Seamus O’Shea in Chicago. Seamus becomes involved in the expulsion of the Indians from Illinois by the government and the construction of the I & M Canal by Irish laborers. Axel Konrad manages his bank through the Panic of 1837, helping many survive the depression. At the same time, Axel is haunted by the Pitchfork Murderer.
Mr. Reimer is currently writing the sequel to Pitchfork Murders. He anticipates continuing the Wild Onion Saga in a series of sequels following the lives of the immigrant lads and their descendants over the decades through to 1920.
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