By Daniel Bjork
Imagine a family in a small New England village, Concord, Massachusetts destroyed by an insane murderer in the years before the American Civil War. Awful crimes to three women in the Chase family that doctor Josiah Bartlett, town physician turned detective, tries to solve. But then, just after the vile villain – who has turned into a serial killer – is stopped, a new infinitely more devastating catastrophe occurs that brings Bartlett to the carnage of the Battle of Antietam in search of his adopted son on September 17,1862- the bloodiest day in American history.
Deadly Comrades, the fourth of the Dr. Josiah Bartlett series, intertwines two stories: battle and field hospital carnage, and the search for another Concord female murderer who leaves a New York City gang, the ‘Dead Rabbits’ to join Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson and Robert E. Lee to kill Yankees at Antietam. Bartlett makes a desperate attempt to find a compromise between the pro-southern criminal and his adopted son—a Yankee soldier. The climax brings the doctor into an arranged ambush that backfires and results in an utterly unlikely climax that will stun the reader.
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