The Sherman Letter

Midwinter, 1991: The U.S. is hurtling toward war with Iraq. Elaine Haskel, a highly respected historian and Civil War scholar, is found dead on the sidewalk in front of her home. It appears to be a simple case of accidental death, but the police soon determine that she had been murdered.
Investigating Haskell’s murder weekly newspaper columnist Truman Moon finds himself sucked into a web of intrigue centered around a series of missing Civil War letters penned by Standford Short (who had also been murdered), who served with General W.T. Sherman during the destructive march through Georgia and the Carolinas in 1864-1865.

Moon’s major obstacle for solving the mystery is crooked cop Manny Edison, nicknamed “Son of Sam” because his weapon of choice, like that of David Berkowitz, is the .44. Edison uses and abuses Moon’s efforts to discover the cache for his own criminal agenda.

Tracking the letter, Moon learns the complexities of life during the end of the Civil War, when politics were just as--if not more--screwed-up as our own. Moon soon discovers that he must come to grips with his own checkered past, and also with the higher questions of duty, honor and morality.

Highlighted by the original, unpublished Civil War letters of William T. Shepherd, The Sherman Letter travels between the Gulf War era and the Spring, 1865 odyssey of Standford Short and the notorious SHERMAN LETTER.

"A novel filled with both history and mystery, Leonard Palmer's The Sherman Letter is often as informative as it is entertaining..."
- Tom Piccirilli, Pirate Writings/Mystery News
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