Blog Tour: The Hanging Women

The hanging women
Book Blurb:

A historical crime thriller set in 1886 Chicago; the
power house of America, a sink of corruption and
vice which is haunted by riots and gangland killings.
 A story of weak men and strong women.
Jack Stevens discovers the bodies of two women,
Philomena Blackstaff and Mary Walsh, tied together
and hung by their ankles in a position resembling the
symbol for treachery as depicted on tarot cards.
Though retired and now wealthy, Stevens is an
ex-sheriff and involves himself in the subsequent
As a result of Jack `stealing' Philomena's diary and
his association with the Pinkerton detective agency,
it is discovered that Mary Walsh worked undercover
for the Pinkertons, investigating the Knights of
Labour (the fastest growing workers' rights
movements in America of the late 1800's). The
women had been working together, tracing the man
who was selling guns and dynamite to the more
extremest factions of the workers movement. This
led them to Ruby's, a secret `nightclub for deviants',
where Stevens and Inspector O'Leary believe the pair
fell foul of the man they were looking for, gang leader
Joseph Mannheim.
With the May 4th Haymarket riots and bombings
looming, Stevens must uncover the truth about The
Hanging Women before it's too late.

Author Bio –
John was born in the mid-fifties in Dagenham, London, on
part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the
first pupil from his local secondary modern school to
attend university. He has now taken early retirement to
write, having spent the first part of his life working in
education and the public sector. He was the director of
a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority,
and was head of a unit for young people with physical and
mental health needs. When he is not travelling, going to the
theatre or the pub, he writes.

His inspiration for his debut novel came whilst attending a
lecture in Denver about the history of the American
midwest, describing a time and place that was very
different from that espoused by popular culture, which
started him thinking this would make a excellent period in
which to set a crime story.  

His book describes how Chicago was a prototype of much
that we consider both good and bad in the current age, it
had a vibrancy and decadence that allowed a few
enterprising individuals to prosper whilst violence and
intolerance held back many others. The situation for some
African Americans and women was improving but it was
still a time when to be anything other than white and male
made you a second class citizen.  The city was the
manufacturing and transport hub of America, the vast
influx of immigrants swelling its already booming
population brought great wealth but also corruption and
criminality. The midwest and Chicago typified a way of life,
the ‘gun culture’ which is a euphemism for individualism,
from which much of modern American social values have

John is currently working on a trilogy of novels set in
modern day London. These police procedurals examine the
darker side of modern life in the East End of the city: a
Whitechapel noir.

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