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Bartlett House, a Will Adelhardt / Lucy Hidalgo Mystery

When a fire burns down the historic Bartlett House, the body of young activist, Emmy d’Angelo is found inside, dressed in bondage gear. Her older lover, professor Will Adelhardt, is under suspicion, but the manner in which Emmy is found is incomprehensible to Adelhardt, who is devastated by her loss. Now he must take a dark voyage through the past and his own tortured soul to find out what happened. Will Adelhardt and his journalist friend, Lucy Hidalgo embark on a journey through Portland, Oregon’s history from sixties protest to the lumber barons and radical Louise Bryant.

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When a fire burns down the historic Bartlett House, the body of young activist, Emmy d’Angelo is found inside, dressed in bondage gear. Her older lover, professor Will Adelhardt, is under suspicion, but the manner in which Emmy is found is incomprehensible to Adelhardt, who is devastated by her loss. Now he must take a dark voyage through the past and his own tortured soul to find out what happened.

Will Adelhardt and his journalist friend, Lucy Hidalgo embark on a journey through Portland, Oregon’s history from sixties protest to the lumber barons and radical Louise Bryant.

Format:

Ebook, Paperback

Publish Date:

2010-10-01

Publisher:

Rainy Nights Press

ISBN:

979-8-9861523-2-5

ASIN:

B0048ELAQM

Pages:

316

Country:

United States

Readers Feedback

Bartlett House is a great read. At times, I found it riveting, and even when it s not, the writing is still as smooth as silk.

The story begins with a deliberately set fire in an old, abandoned house, in one of the better parts of town. A body is found, and before long, we meet the prime--though by no means only--suspect: Will Adelhardt, the 20-years-her-senior boyfriend of the victim. He's a history professor, twice divorced; a quiet, lonely man. And while the story doesn't explicitly rule him out as the murderer, it seems highly unlikely that he's the guy.

Friends with both Emmy (the victim), and Will, is Lucy Hidalgo, a freelance journalist who has an inside connection on the police force, and a raft of questions of her own. The circumstances of Emmy s death...don t sit well her, nor with Will they seem very out-of-character for Emmy and, even through her grief, she starts trying to piece together what happened.

The story has a lot of texture. It's set against a backdrop of modern social justice issues in Portland, Oregon. Emmy was involved with street youth which may have had something do with her death; Lucy is involved with workers rights movements and unions; Will s a bit of an old-school Socialist, and that was the context in which he and Emmy first got together; Chris is a lawyer in the Public Defender s office, and her husband is on the city council. Issues of poverty and class and money are woven skillfully into the fabric of the story, and we start to wonder just how much these issues were at the heart of the murder. There are a lot of people directly or peripherally involved in the events, and we meet them through the eyes of the main characters, in the hours and days after the murder. People start to wonder just how well they know anybody, as details come to light that raise more questions than answers.

Chris Poirier

Web Fiction Guide

Fully engaging, a great read.
While staying in Portland, OR I sought books set in the locale. Bartlett House was totally satisfying. Characters one engages with and care about, a compelling plot, interesting psychological back-stories explored by the characters and chock-full of Portland locale and lore - current, historical, sociological and more. As I said in the review title, a great read.

Seadancer

Amazon Reviewer

A long story, but worth it!!!
Great writing. Great descriptions of Portland. Characters were mostly flawed personalities. They were the true basis of the books plot. A man wishing to resume his relationship with his estranged daughter .

Florcali

Amazon Reviewer