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Chapter One

Chapter One   Saturday May 8, 1880 The Colson Home West of St. Louis, Missouri 5:48 a.m. Lord she was tired, but Emma Colson knew ...
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Chapter Two

Antire Road, West St. Louis Shot’s keen aversion to being fired upon gave the impression he had sprouted wings as he tore away from Emma ...
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Chapter Three

Despite the clamor and bustle, the silence hung like a slow-burning bridge between them. The smoldering creep of mistrust would soon dissolve any connection across ...
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Chapter Four

Estelle held off the stirred-up crowd from smothering Emma with their concern. Silas was greeted with much earnest hand-shaking and patting on the back as ...
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Chapter Five

St. Louis 10:45 am Farther north up Grand, into the bosom of the city, the ragged parade turned right, down Park. Ezra Bean was seen ...
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Chapter Six

Police Precinct House St. Louis,12:15 pm The sergeant of the watch forced a placid facade as Theodore Colson whined and ranted through the handkerchief he ...
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Chapter Seven

St. Louis Insane Asylum, 2:02 pm The knock on the door did not startle Kemper Bidwell. Though he medicated himself sufficiently, he always made sure ...
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Chapter Eight

Central St. Louis, near the Levee, 2:35 p.m. "We're almost to Smitty's," Silas called back to his friends. "I doubt we will be able to ...
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Chapter Nine

4:29 p.m. The two men returned to the alley and the Romeo fellow easily swept away the fence section before them. One by one, the ...
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Chapter Ten

Offices of Liberty Investigations St. Louis, Missouri 6:15 pm Sunlight streamed through the lace library curtains and dappled brightly across the remnants of the simple ...
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Chapter Eleven

Smitty's, 8:30 p.m. Emma awoke to faint humming. A child was softly crooning some song. Before she could remember where she was, she was lifted ...
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Chapter Twelve

 Herc went and stoked the fire and put a pot of coffee on. "This place is quite cozy, though I miss a soft pillow ...
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Chapter Thirteen

St. Louis Insane Asylum, 11:56 p.m. Kemper Bidwell lay in the Saint Louis Insane Asylum infirmary, clutching the letter. Though the spring night was chilly, ...
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Chapter Fourteen

 Smitty's Sunday, 7:40 a.m. Emma awoke disoriented, in a high state of nausea. The brash glare of morning light bullied her vision. She took little ...
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Chapter Fifteen

 St. Louis, 8:20 a.m. Early as was respectable, Alexis Free rode alone from the family estate to the home of Estelle Rowland, the friend and ...
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Chapter Sixteen

  Smitty's , 8:40 a.m. Emma took her time down the steps as her new footwear was heavy and she was skeptical of the shaky ...
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Chapter Seventeen

The St. Louis Insane Asylum, 9:10 a.m. Alexis rode on, hoping Estelle would see the light and contact her with worthwhile information. Estelle informed her ...
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Chapter Eighteen

Smitty's, 9:53 a.m. There was little other commotion on the levee that day. Two different boats were docked about a quarter mile down. One was ...
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Chapter Nineteen

  St. Louis Riverfront, 10:10 a.m. In society there was always the lowest of the classes with no money, no position and no love. Kemper ...
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Chapter Twenty

Liberty Investigations Downtown St. Louis, 10:25 a.m. As usual, the Sunday streets were uncrowded save the occasional carriage leisurely rolling past, wheels creaking and horseshoes ...
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Chapter Twenty One

Smitty's, 10:51 a.m. Kemper had missed Smitty's on the first pass. Upon retracing his steps, he finally located the foundry. He was relieved to find ...
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Chapter Twenty Two

The Lula Belle on the Mississippi, 1:45 p.m. The iron strands of the railroad's web were being strung across the remote corners of America. Whether ...
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Chapter Twenty Three

They parted company, Silas disappearing into a room near the back of the steamer, and Emma beneath the cool tarps of the tent. She found ...
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Chapter Twenty Four

Downtown St. Louis, 10:24 p.m. "America is on the move, I tell you!" the fragrant man sharing the carriage told Alexis. His meaning was clear ...
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Chapter Twenty Five

She found the Kansas City bound train at the platform beneath the gaslights. It was set to depart quite soon. There was a great deal ...
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Chapter Twenty Six

The Lula Belle, on the Mississippi Monday, May 10, 1:20 a.m. Finkle burned hotter than the boilers he was tending, and that was saying something ...
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Chapter Twenty Seven

Scattered pieces of the wreckage splashed down around the trio as they fought the current to shore. Herc flapped and floundered, but having not let ...
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Chapter Twenty Eight

On the banks of the Mississippi Hickman, Kentucky  2:20 a.m. Once it was discovered Emma was able to walk among the living, the trio moved ...
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Chapter Twenty Nine

3:42 a.m. Herc and Emma sat side by side, the old man wanting to share not just the heat of the fire, but his comfort ...
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Chapter Thirty

The Wreck of the Lula Belle Hickman, Kentucky, 4:38 a.m. Emma carried the raccoon out before her as she stumbled behind the men. The minimal ...
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Chapter Thirty One

5:20 a.m. The whole of the group were chest high in the river, backs pressed hard against the hull of the Lula Belle, knees locked ...
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Chapter Thirty Two

Aboard the Steamboat, The Cairo Star, on the Mississippi, 5:55 a.m. “Hey, Kemper?” A voice growled from across the darkened cabin. “Psst! Kemper? You awake?” ...
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Chapter Thirty Three

Hickman, Kentucky, 7:58 a.m. "I refuse to perform an examination under these conditions!" the doctor from the town of Hickman protested. He swung his black ...
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Chapter Thirty Four

St. Louis, 8:33 a.m. Estelle, with Dee Dee in tow, threaded her way through the city to the Police Station. A small line of people ...
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Chapter Thirty Five

Aboard The Cairo Star, on the Mississippi North of Hickman, Kentucky, 9:28 Kemper was standing at the bow of the steamer, finishing off the last ...
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Chapter Thirty Six

Hickman, Kentucky, 10:40 a.m. Emma slept with her head tilted back, resting against Silas' chest. He still felt the heat from her against his face ...
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Chapter Thirty Seven

The Forrest Family farm Hickman Kentucky, 11:42 a.m. The Forrest family had lined up ready for service like the staff of a well-to-do estate. Beside ...
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Chapter Thirty Eight

Precinct House, St. Louis, 10:45 a.m. Benjamin Free, Estelle and Dee Dee all stood before a perplexed and flummoxed desk sergeant. "There is not a ...
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Chapter Thirty Nine

Kansas City, 12:23 p.m. As the train raced close to Kansas City that afternoon, Alexis found she was actually sad to bid farewell to her ...
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Chapter Forty

Forrest Farm, 5:45 p.m. Silas and Herc sat across from each other at the plank table. The hosts had cleared the remnants of their fine ...
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Chapter Forty One

Doctor Holloway's Offices Hickman, Kentucky, 9:09 p.m. Kemper had not dreamt in quite some time. Therefore, when he found himself in the land of Morpheus, ...
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Chapter Forty Two

UD123 KANSAS CITY UNION DEPOT  MAY 10 13:32 BENJAMIN FREE=LIBERTY INVESTIGATIONS ST. LOUIS, MO REINTRODUCTIONS LATER. DO NOT KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER YOUR BUSINESS PROPOSITION ...
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Chapter Forty Three

The Forrest Farm Tuesday, May 11, 7:39 a.m. "You can pout all you want, Jackson," Lenora Forrest said as she scraped the cold grease from ...
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Chapter Forty Four

Doctor Holloway’s Office Hickman, Kentucky 8:04 a.m. Kemper woke up weeping. He could not recall where he was and had no explanation for his sudden ...
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Chapter Forty Five

Hickman, Kentucky, 8:22 a.m. Not a refined town by any means, Hickman still had pride in itself. Every resident knew every other one as well ...
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Chapter Forty Six

Jute was throwing his shoulder into the door as the two Forrest children rounded the corner. He was breathing heavy already and smelled like sweat ...
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Chapter Forty Seven

Hickman, Kentucky 9:05 a.m. Hunting a man proved easier to Jackson than hunting deer. And much scarier, too. Though a man's mind was undeniably harder ...
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Chapter Forty Eight

Jackson heard the scream and had no idea it had come from himself, for his attention was fully absorbed by the searing pain in his ...
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Chapter Forty Nine

The Forrest Property, 9:39 a.m. Kemper propelled himself forward stopping only briefly to note the location of the hounds. They were coming directly for him ...
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Chapter Fifty

The Forrest Farm, 10:01 a.m. When they returned to the farm, they were not completely empty-handed. Silas held the dead hound draped across his arms ...
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Chapter Fifty One

Outside of Denison, Texas, 11:40 a.m. Alexis swayed in her seat to the hypnotic rhythm of the railway. The gaps in the iron below made ...
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Chapter Fifty Two

12:10 p.m. Emma turned to take in the view of the farm. Though the Kentucky sunlight had vanished, adding a somber pall to their departure, ...
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Book Two coming soon to Amazon

Take heart, friends! The whole epic story has already been written and the next books will be up quicker than you can say "what happens ...
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