The year for The Blind Pig Murders is 1928 and Prohibition is the law of the land. Caroline Case, who we first met in 2019s The River Rats Murders (9780983575443) is now a wealthy, full-fledged private detective in Chicago. With her partner Hannibal Jones, she visits upscale yet scandalous salons near Lakeshore Drive and prowls dangerous and dark underworld dens in sleazy, industrial neighborhoods. Booze, murders, kidnappings and daring rescues abound. Caroline and Hannibal employ the latest tools of forensic science to solve murders and bring the culprits to justice, legal and otherwise. Although, fiction, Carolines story rings true to the fascinating history and colorful characters who lived, loved and died in the murder capital of the world during the heyday of Al Capone, speakeasies and Chicago-style jazz.
“Gertcher doesn’t disappoint. Like the series opener, the novel is enjoably lightened by humor and a strong protagonist…vivid portrayals of locale, decor and clothing land readers squarely in the Roaring ’20…Caroline is smart, confident, and spirited, and in between the shootings, knifings, and a kidnapping is some solid sleuthing… A fun murder-and-mayhem detective story enhanced by historical details.” — Kirkus Reviews, September 2020
About the Author
Frank Gertcher was born in Clinton, Indiana near the Wabash River and raised on a farm south of Terre Haute in Sullivan County. During his working career (1961-2006), he applied his four degrees in science, engineering and economics. In 1984, he retired from the U.S. Air Force with 23 years of service. In 2006, he retired as a contract Senior Scientist with Northrop Grumman. During the period 1982-2006, On September 1, 2018, he published a stand-alone novel titled The Dark Cabin Murders. He then published the first book in the Caroline Case mystery series, The River Rat Murders, in 2019. He now lives in the Shell Point retirement community in Florida.