The Big Mitt

The Big Mitt Life was finally looking good for Harm Queen when New Year s Day dawned over Minneapolis His old crony Doc Ames had just been elected mayor Queen s promotion to chief of detectives and a chance t

  • Title: The Big Mitt
  • Author: Erik Rivenes
  • ISBN: 9780977347131
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Big Mitt

    Life was finally looking good for Harm Queen when New Year s Day 1901 dawned over Minneapolis His old crony Doc Ames had just been elected mayor Queen s promotion to chief of detectives and a chance to line his pockets was in the bag Then, a gruesome crime at a Hell s Half Acre brothel brings Queen s ambitions to a screeching halt The mayor s brother and Queen s newLife was finally looking good for Harm Queen when New Year s Day 1901 dawned over Minneapolis His old crony Doc Ames had just been elected mayor Queen s promotion to chief of detectives and a chance to line his pockets was in the bag Then, a gruesome crime at a Hell s Half Acre brothel brings Queen s ambitions to a screeching halt The mayor s brother and Queen s new boss, Colonel Fred Ames, seems hell bent on thwarting his investigation To make matters even difficult, Queen s courtship of Karoline, an upright young Norwegian woman, is imperiled by the appearance of a seductive prostitute with her own game to play As Queen digs deeper among the gangsters, gaslights and political machinations of turn of the century Minneapolis, he finds himself on the trail of a sinister hobo with apocalyptic ambitions In The Big Mitt, Erik Rivenes shines a colorful light on a treacherous and corrupt chapter from a great city s forgotten past.

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    1. Carly Ellen Kramer

      4 1/2 enthusiastic stars! The Big Mitt captures the seamy underbelly of early 1900s Minneapolis and beyond in 400ish riveting pages. In my mind, the pace of the story would have been even more engaging if maybe ten percent of the dialogue were edited out. That is truly my only critique; this is a very well written novel!Erik Rivenes has a knack for lush scene setting. As a reader who is very familiar with both Minnesota and North Dakota, I read Rivenes's descriptions with rapt attention. It was [...]

    2. Sherrod Wall

      “The Big Mitt” vividly portrays Minneapolis in the early 1900’s, specifically its unbridled corruption, how it festered and affected everything from politics to populous. This affliction is represented by many strong and developed characters, and as they take steps to create and maintain a stranglehold of the city, heroic figures rise to counter them. Rivenes’ language is often very poetic and visceral, projecting images of his characters and setting that are beautiful and terrible to be [...]

    3. Margaret Baily

      Eric Rivenes' book The Big Mitt captures your interest right from the get go. The first scene is gripping and definitely sets the pace in this gritty mystery set in the early 1900’s. Rivenes develops a great main character in Harmon Queen, a Minneapolis cop who we watch grapple with a horrific crime and corruption within his own ranks. The setting is almost a character in itself and Rivenes has done a great job in creating a bleak backdrop that matches the theme throughout the story. There wer [...]

    4. Teri

      Great read. It was action packed and the historical accuracies made it especially interesting for people from Minnesota. Could not put it down!!!!! Can't wait to read the next one.

    5. J.C. Wing

      “She awoke with a wild scream locked tight in her throat and fought to choke it back with short, hard bursts of breath. Her body froze with fear, the terrible fear of not knowing.” So begins the debut novel of author Erik Revenes. He successfully grabs you by the collar right from the start and doesn’t let go until he’s taken you through all 497 pages of his tale. It’s a wild ride, one full of twists and turns and built upon a solid foundation of research and extraordinary writing. The [...]

    6. J.H. Croix

      This is a well-written, thorough and topsy-turvy historical mystery. The author’s historical detail is thorough and really brings you into the setting, which I think is important for historical novels. It’s much more compelling for the story. The main character, Harm Queen, is well-written as a complex individual. At times, I found myself unsure of what to think of him, yet I think that the complexities of his life and the era leant itself to that. On one hand, he’s a hard working police d [...]

    7. Rebecca Hazell

      The Big MittThe author clearly had a great time writing this action mystery set in Minneapolis at the turn of the last century. He did his homework, too, interweaving fact and fiction and giving the reader a glimpse into the seediest possible underbelly of a burgeoning, evidently corrupt young city. I not only enjoyed learning a bit about Minneapolis but also about some famous characters hailing from Minnesota. The author even brushed up on the slang of the day to add more local color. The vinta [...]

    8. Rachel

      This book hits hard and never lets up. My first thought was "gritty", but by chapter two, I was thinking "gritty, but completely gripping!" It does deal with some abrasive subject matter (forced prostitution, child exploitation, and to an extent, homosexual child abuse) without getting graphic, which I greatly appreciated.I enjoyed Rivenes's historical detail, and the wide cast of characters. I read lots of Victorian-era fiction, and lots of 1920's/1930's fiction, but it was nice to read somethi [...]

    9. Denise Kawaii

      Detective Queen is a rough and tumble cop with an eye for mischief and a conscious that is fighting to get out. This historical fiction takes readers back in time to early Minneapolis. A booming city, newly born, overflowing with opportunity and corruption. There is a thriving underbelly of the city, and Det. Queen finds himself caught between the desire to help the unfortunate women and children being exploited there - and the lure of lording over the mayor's illegal gambling ring.Author Erik R [...]

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