A Wilderness of Tigers: A Novel of the Harpe Brothers and Frontier Violence

AuthorHouse, 14 févr. 2005 - 352 pages
With the cessation of the Indian Wars, Silas Magby believed that Western Kentucky would be safe for his wife and children. But then the Harpes came—two mysterious brothers, Micajah and Wiley, with three devoted women followers, leaving a wake of ghoulish and seemingly motiveless murders—men, women, children, infants, bludgeoned, stabbed, shot, or set on fire. Earlier Magby had participated in a fruitless attempt to capture the brothers, but word comes that they are seeking him to enact retaliation. Now Magby must somehow stop the brothers before they can kill his wife and children. Although fiction, A Wilderness of Tigers based upon one of the earliest recorded serial killer rampages. In the 1790’s roughly 35 persons were murdered by the Harpe brothers. Kenneth Tucker has woven a haunting story whose characters linger beyond a final page of history or text."- Katherine C. Kurk, Kentucky Philological Review "Tucker tells a fascinating story of these evil doers... It's an interesting part of our history..."- Jesse Stuart Foundation. "Tucker effectively uses dialogue and and clear, graphic details to bring to light a sad chapter in Kentucky's history." - Steve Flairty, Kentucky Monthly

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Page v - I curse the fiddling finders-out of music; With envy I do hate the lofty mountains, And with despite despise the humble valleys; I do detest night, evening, day, and morning.

À propos de l'auteur (2005)

A native Kentuckian, Kenneth Tucker grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and received his Ph. D. from the University of Kentucky. Now retired, Dr. Tucker taught English at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky for 31 years. His academic specialties were Shakespeare and literature of the English Renaissance. He has published widely, writing book reviews and articles on a variety of writers including Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, John Webster, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Penn Warren, H. G. Wells, and H. P. Lovecraft. He is the author of Eliot Ness and the Untouchables, The Historical Reality and the Film and Television Depictions (2000) and Shakespeare and Jungian Typology, a Reading of the Plays (2003). Kenneth Tucker has long been interested in the history and lore of his native state. His research into violent odyssey of the Harpe brothers lead to the current novel.

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