The Cold Millions: A Novel by Jess Walter - Book Review | Northshire Bookstore

The Cold Millions: A Novel by Jess Walter - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062868084
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Published: Harper - October 27th, 2020

Labor unrest, peaceful and deadly, provides the backdrop for this engrossing novel about two brothers, both drifters anchored only to each other, and a feisty young Irish woman on a crusade. Although Elizabeth Gurley Flynn is only 19-years-old, her name strikes fear into the hearts of the millionaires who live in splendor off the bone-grinding labor of the men who work the mines in Washington State at the turn of the 20th century. She faces formidable odds: Hired thugs and killers, corrupt police officers, and betrayals within her own organization. Walter's vivid descriptions of Spokane, a growing city unable to completely shed the trappings of a roughshod frontier town, emerge to the reader like literary photographs. His assorted characters, all toting their own flaws and weaknesses, are powerfully drawn and believable. This is a wonderfully entertaining novel by the author of Beautiful Ruins and the social issues it examines are still relevant in today's world. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

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