American Pied Piper
The American Trilogy Book 3
by Sam Foster
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Pub Date 10 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 09 Oct 2023
Girl Friday Productions, Agave Americana Books
At the dawn of the 20th century, Beardstown, Illinois, is a city of contradiction. A town of river rats, gamblers, and rail-yard workers, it’s also filled with the accoutrements and refinements that accompany wealth . . . whatever its provenance. In Beardstown, the God-fearing don’t just live side-by-side with the sinners—they often are the sinners.
Throughout the first half of the century, the state’s attorney is the formidable James McHugh, who makes his home in Beardstown and has spent his career fostering the town’s prosperity by keeping the balance between virtue and vice. For him, knowing when to look the other way is half the job. But when his son, the Yale-educated Milt McHugh, returns from WWII to take up his father’s position, he approaches the role with a very different sense of morality, as well as a desire to clean the town’s slate for good—public opinion be damned.
Forty years later, Milt is faced with a town in decline and the prospective fraud trial of a gaggle of corrupt investors known as “The Beardstown Ladies.” As he looks back on his life, his work, and the town his courage and moral fiber has created, he wonders: Was the sacrifice of freedom at the altar of decency worth the price the town has paid?
Following the people of Beardstown through a century of upheaval, renewal, and decay—and traveling from Prohibition-era Chicago to London and the Pacific during WWII to the soundstage of the Phil Donohue Show—American Pied Piper is the final chapter in a trilogy tracing the rise and fall of the American Midwest.
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“A wonderfully done historical novel on the battle for the Midwest. I can’t wait to read the third book in the American Trilogy series . . . and anything else Sam Foster writes.”
—Catraphoenix, book blogger
“4 out of 5 stars.”
—San Francisco Book Review
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Always enjoy the American Trilogy series and this had everything that I enjoyed from the previous two books. It had the same feel as what I enjoyed and flowed well together. The characters were everything that I was hoping for and enjoyed how good everything was.