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As a fourth generation Texan and Galveston resident, A. Hardy Roper writes from a wealth of knowledge about the island’s storied past and vibrant present. Mr. Roper’s great grandparents arrived from Germany in the 1840’s and entered through the Port of Galveston, at the time, second only to New York for immigrant destination.
Today’s Galveston is an eclectic mixture of ‘old money’ and Victorian mansions checkered among indigent neighborhoods of blacks and Hispanics, all weaved tightly together, as if huddled against the onslaught of the next storm like the epic 1900 hurricane that claimed 6,000 lives.
From its 19th Century past of pirates and buried treasures, to its 20th Century lifestyle of bootlegging, bawdy houses and gambling, Galveston Island offers an endless setting for mystery and intrigue.
A. Hardy Roper has studied its culture and its history. His Parker McLeod thrillers weave an intricate path of deceit and mayhem as the city struggles to balance its colorful past with the inevitable collision of sleepy ‘island life’ and the hurried weekend rush as the playground of Houston’s wealthy baby-boomers.