By Robert Bruce Stewart
Boodlers, and pikers, and Slyboots… oh my!
It’s December 1901, while the trails of 3 of the era’s striking characters move within the nation’s capital: the Wizard of ounces, the Countess von Schnurrenberger, and Harry Reese, assurance investigator. Harry has come to Washington to unravel a string of jewellery thefts. yet first he needs to fit wits with a throng of thirsty newspapermen, a pack of rapacious lobbyists, and a tender devotee of the Wizard’s. And as is common, his expensive spouse Emmie has her personal agenda.
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