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The Deserter: Murder at Gettysburg

2 Ratings: 2.5
A book by Mrs. Jane Langton

Civil War buffs will especially appreciate Langton's 17th Homer Kelly mystery (after 2002's The Escher Twist), in which the Harvard professor/sleuth and his wife, Mary, plunge into research in an effort to exonerate Seth Morgan, Mary's great-great-grandfather, … see full wiki

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Author: Mrs. Jane Langton
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
2 reviews about The Deserter: Murder at Gettysburg
review by . March 09, 2012
Of all the subtexts of the Civil War, the involvement of wealthy sons of New England is one of minor but enduring interest.  The granite Calvinist abolitionism and noblesse oblige that their privileged positions as Ivy League graduates gave them expectation of their right to assume leadership of a war fought on distant fields.  Was it their war?  Joshua Chamberlain's stand at Gettysburg, and his return to New England academia is the stuff of legend.  They made it their war, …
review by . October 30, 2005
This book is indeed a 'Homer Kelly' mystery (the seventeenth in the series), but Langton's serial detective has very little to do in "The Deserter." In another of her mysteries, Langton has a character refer to the 'deep well of the past.' In "The Deserter," we are IN that well, glancing occasionally upward at dimly gesticulating characters from the present. The author could very well have left Homer and Mary out of this book, and still have told an interesting story about the Battle of Gettysburg …
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