The Know Nothings

Author: Thomas Reimer

ISBN 978-1-62137-611-8 (softcover)

402 pages

"The Know Nothings," Which follows "Wild Onion," "Pitchfork Murders," and "San Patricios," continues Reimer's tale of two immigrants who settle in Chicago. Told from the point of view of characters living in the 19th century with the power of historical fiction. Authentic characters pull the reader into the story creating a desire to know them. Seamus O'Shea and Axel Konrad are close friends. Sprinkled throughout the novel are human experiences that we identify with immediately: irrational fears parents entertain when a child is facing a crisis or threatened, joy in reconciliation, pleasure when friends succeed, horror felt when humans are mistreated, the ugliness of racial, ethnic and religious intolerance, to name a few. Anyone interested in the early history of Chicago and the politics of the 1850's leading up to the Civil War, will find "The Know Nothings" a worthwhile read. The politics of today are not that much different than the politics of the mid-nineteenth century. Any difference is attributed to modern technology.


 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.

Category: Fiction, Historical

Type: books

Vendor: Thomas Reimer

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