|About the Book|
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1914, is a gritty, smog-choked industrial city with half a million residents, many of them recent immigrants laboring in the mills for pennies a day to supply Europe with enough raw steel to fight its Great War. Into thisMorePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1914, is a gritty, smog-choked industrial city with half a million residents, many of them recent immigrants laboring in the mills for pennies a day to supply Europe with enough raw steel to fight its Great War. Into this harsh, unforgiving environment ventures pampered young socialite Kathleen Bernadette O’Connor. Fleeing a scandalous broken engagement and an uncertain future, Katie takes shelter in the Sisters of Charity Convent and enrolls in nursing school, hoping to find redemption in caring for the poor and downtrodden. On her very first visit to the workers’ tenements, she encounters a troubled little girl who leads her to a water-soaked corpse, guarded by a charming policeman. Katie is shocked by this grim discovery, and concerned about the child’s welfare. But she’s also shaken by the strong attraction she feels for the policeman, so close on the heels of her recent heartbreak. When the coroner rules death by poison, Katie throws herself into the ensuing murder investigation, determined to identify the killer in time to save a Scots-Irish immigrant family from ruin. To succeed, she must choose to relinquish her privileged past and overcome her aversion to the sickness, death and deplorable social conditions endemic to her new home. Katie finds help and support along the way from a wise mentor, a new best friend and a handsome young man from the wrong side of the tracks. In the end, she learns the truth of the old saying,‘Tis a long road that has no turning--the Golden Rule, but with an Irish twist.