Ethan Saunders, a former spy for George Washington, is recruited by Alexander Hamilton to find his ex-fiancee's missing husband. Meanwhile, Joan Maycott and her veteran husband, amid hardship and deprivation on the western Pennsylvania frontier, find unlikely friendship and a chance for prosperity with a new method of distilling whiskey. The Maycotts' success however attracts the brutal attention of men in Hamilton's orbit, men who threaten to destroy all Joan holds dear. As their causes intertwine, Joanand Saunders--both patriots in their own way--find themselves on opposing sides of a daring scheme that will forever change their lives and their new country.
David Liss provides a riveting fictionalized account of the events surrounding the Pennsylvania Whiskey Rebellion of 1794, which led President George Washington to declare martial law. Alternating chapters tell the tale of Ethan Saunders, a disgraced former spy called on the investigate the disappearance of a corrupt financier, and Joan Maycott, a budding novelist who is forced into the tumult of the whiskey uprisings after her husband's sudden death leaves her in charge of their distillery. Ethan eventually finds himself tangled in the economic strings which were being tugged by Alexander Hamilton, who, as part of his desperate attempt to create a national bank, initiated a state tax on alcohol, which was disproportionately assessed against smaller distilleries. Combining exhilarating action with intriguing historical insight, Liss's version of this thrilling and significant episode of early America is guaranteed to boost both your adrenaline and your I.Q.
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- June 16, 2009
- June 16, 2009
- David Liss