1871: A Novel of the Great Chicago Fire by Peter J. Spalding
Approx. 128,690 words.
Published on February 11, 2010.
Simon Caldwell has always wanted adventure in his life. He is bursting with restlessness and ambition, and he has come to Chicago to make a name for himself. But he is so caught up in his own life that he doesn't realize he's in imminent danger.
Then, on a hot and windy night, fire breaks out in the barn of Catherine O'Leary. And for Simon, nothing will ever be the same.