Bloodlands: A Heinous History of America | Amazon Original Stories [Part 2 of 2]

Bloodlands is a true crime series in which author Harold Schechter introduces readers to six horrendous crimes almost lost to history. Each of these short nonfiction books can be read in under two hours.

As an Amazon Original Stories series, Bloodlands is available to Prime members for free, whereas nonmembers must buy each book separately or the entire collection as a whole.

Part 1 – “Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie”, “The Pirate”, and “The Brick Slayer”


Panic

Image result for Harold Schechter panic“Sociologists refer to these periodic alarms as ‘moral panics’ and describe them as a form of mass hysteria, typically ignited by a handful of shockingly similar crimes that happen in rapid succession.”

A child’s death at the hands of an adult is something that can never be easily accepted or forgiven, even by people who never met the child or their family. One death is a tragedy, two deaths are a sad coincidence, but what about three, or four, or even five? An epidemic is beginning to sweep across the nation, warns the newspaper headlines; an outright flood of sexual predators, preying on your children! Mobs of angry citizens gather in the streets, yelling for stricter punishments, for death, for castration, for something.

Schechter did an excellent job of describing the hysteria from all angles: the police being pressured by the mobs outside their doors to quickly make an arrest, the courts debating on how best to protect the public from sexual predators, the citizens who are worried about murderers stalking their neighborhoods, and the grieving families of the victims.

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Bloodlands: A Heinous History of America | Amazon Original Stories [Part 1 of 2]

Bloodlands is a true crime series in which author Harold Schechter introduces readers to six horrendous crimes almost lost to history. Each of these short nonfiction books can be read in under two hours.

As an Amazon Original Stories series, Bloodlands is available to Prime members for free, whereas nonmembers must buy each book separately or the entire collection as a whole.

Part 2 – “Panic”, “Rampage”, and “The Pied Piper”


The Pirate

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On Wednesday, March 21, 1960, the E.A. Johnson, an oyster sloop, is found drifting in the New York Harbor, its crew nowhere to be found. When authorities board the ship, they find its cabin literally drenched in blood – the floor, the walls, the ceiling, the handrails – and the lockers emptied of valuables. The murderer is very quickly identified as the Johnson‘s newest crewmember, a man calling himself William Johnson. After his arrest, he confesses that his name is actually Albert W. Hicks and that he’s no stranger to having blood on his hands.

The Pirate is slow-paced, repetitive, and lacks a solid storyline. The murders of the E.A. Johnson crew can be fully explained within a few chapters, but the author also includes tangents about semi-related things, repeats the description of the crime scene at least three times, and creates an overall dramatic picture of a cut-and-dry murder case.

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A Double Crosser | I <3 Characters Meme

“I Heart Characters! is a weekly meme hosted by Dani @ Perspective of a Writer to showcase our book blogger love for characters! Each week she’ll supply a topic and you’ll supply the character. Post on whatever day suits you, about characters from whatever media you love (books, movies, K-dramas, television, manga, anime, webtoons, whatever!) and link up on Thursday so YOU and others can blog hop and share the character love. ♡”

The Topic: A Double Crosser (Anyone who betrays another character. Could be a horrible mom, someone mentally struggling, or just plain evil!)

Mr. Wickham

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The Girl Who Knew da Vinci by Belle Ami

The Girl Who Knew da Vinci by Belle Ami is erotica disguised as romantic suspense. It revolves around Angela Renatus, an art historian with a passion for Renaissance-era artwork. Suddenly plagued with strange nightmares about Leonardo da Vinci and a painting he gifted his close friend, Fioretta Gorini, on her wedding day, Angela is quickly becoming a sleep-deprived zombie. These nightmares gradually evolve into psychic visions in which she travels into the past and sees the world through the eyes of two different woman: Fioretta Gorini and Sophia Caro, a fellow art historian who lived during WWII.

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The Spy in the Silver Palace by Jordan Rivet

The Windfast Empire, a collection of islands under the rule of Emperor Styl and his daughter, Jessamyn, is standing on the brink of war with the Obsidian Kingdom. Talents, or people of the lower class born with supernatural powers, have been disappearing and the Emperor’s apparent reluctance to investigate the issue is causing unrest.

“Blurs are fast.
Muscles are strong.
Shields have impervious skin.
Mimics can change their appearance.

And all of them are in danger.” (Goodreads)

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A Woman You Want to Be | I <3 Characters Meme

“I Heart Characters! is a weekly meme hosted by Dani @ Perspective of a Writer to showcase our book blogger love for characters! Each week she’ll supply a topic and you’ll supply the character. Post on whatever day suits you, about characters from whatever media you love (books, movies, K-dramas, television, manga, anime, webtoons, whatever!) and link up on Thursday so YOU and others can blog hop and share the character love. ♡”

The Topic: A Woman You Want to Be

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In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen

Britain has declared war on Nazi Germany and every able-bodied man is conscripted into the military, forcing the government to fill its offices with women and the medically unfit. Food is heavily rationed, bombs are constantly being dropped on London, families are destroyed, and mass paranoia is taking hold. Hidden in plain clothes, Britain’s spies and code breakers are working to dismantle Germany’s impending invasion.

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