South of the Deadline

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In 1910, Seattle’s red light district, called the “Deadline,” is doing booming business in gambling, boozing and prostitution. Clara Johnson, a singer and prostitute, is found murdered in a cheap hotel. Suffragette Sophie Bramson, fleeing the music halls of Paris, returns to Seattle and meets Dr. Lars Haglund, a surgeon and pioneer forensic scientist. Together they investigate Clara's death. More

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About Barbara Riegel

I’m a freelance writer with a day job. My work has appeared in Reader's Digest Books, City Search and others. Some time ago, while doing research for another writer, I came across a small article, describing the “handcuff strangler” in a 1910 Seattle Times Newspaper. I just couldn’t let it go. This was the year that Washington State women won the right to vote (ten years before the U.S. passed the 19th amendment). Reformers were trying to shed Seattle's Wild West image and turn the town into a sophisticated modern city. This is my first novel.

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Review by: Dave Sun on Dec. 13, 2014 :
What an incredible novel by Barbara Riegel! The plot intertwines fiction and history seamlessly, immersing the reader squarely in Seattle. Clever and significant character development creates an emotional attachment between the reader and characters. Definitely had trouble putting this one down - reminds me of the many incredible mystery thrillers I used to read. Recently won a "Selfie" award (awarded to self-published works) via Seattle Public Library. Would recommend to anyone!
(reviewed 64 days after purchase)
Review by: Jeanne1904 on Nov. 21, 2014 : (no rating)
I really enjoyed reading this first novel by Barbara Riegel. I love characters in this novel. While reading this book I got to know the characters and got a better understanding what it must have been like to live in Seattle during the early 1900's. The author gives you a history lesson as you learn about life in Pioneer Square in Seattle during this time. Each chapter starts with original articles from the Seattle Times and or the Seattle PI which in keeping with the story helps give a feel for the historical context. I will look forward to future book by this author.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
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