There was a ghastly murder in New York City, and Mark Twain’s address was in the dead man’s pocket. But even more alarming was that Twain had just received a message sent by an old friend from his riverboat days—and the handwriting matched the note found on the corpse.
So with his new secretary, Wentworth Cabot, Twain caught a steamboat bound for New Orleans. On board were all matter of people—wealthy tourists and old river rats, literary amateurs and high-stakes gamblers…and a determined killer whose only goal was to bring Mark Twain’s celebrated career to a stop!
About the Author
Peter Heck is the author of the Mark Twain Mysteries: six novels featuring the famous author as a detective, set in the 1890s. He is also co-author (with the late Robert Asprin) of four books in the Phule’s Company series of comic military SF novels. Before setting out as a novelist, Peter worked as an editor at Ace Books and has freelanced for Baen and Del Rey, editing Spider Robinson, Robert Sawyer, and Harry Turtledove (among others). Before that, he created the SF newsletter Xignals and its mystery equivalent Crime Times for the Waldenbooks chain. He is also a long-time reviewer for Asimov’s Science Fiction. Peter is currently a reporter and photographer at the Kent County News in Chestertown, Maryland, where he grew up. His beats include local government and the arts. He also plays lead guitar in a local band, Col. Leonard’s Irregulars, and is a founding member of the Chestertown chess club.