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ISBN:0972430415
Author: Morley Swingle
ISBN13: 978-0972430418
Title: The Gold of Cape Girardeau
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Language: English
Category: Genre Fiction
Publisher: Southeast Missouri State Univ Press (January 1, 2002)
Pages: 292

The Gold of Cape Girardeau by Morley Swingle



Morley Swingle is the prosecuting attorney of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. The Gold of Cape Girardeau is his debut novel. The sequel, Bootheel Man, was published in November 2007. CAPE GIRARDEAU ON THE MISSISSIPPI MEETS BUDAPEST ON THE DANUBE - Morley Swingle's new book, The Gold of Cape Girardeau, reached me here in spring, 2006, and I had the great pleasure of reading it, while at the same time musing over my own boyhood in Kansas City, yet another river city in Missouri. The book has everything-murder, intrigue and love portrayed against the background of the tragic days of the civil war and steam boating on the great river.

So when I read Gold of Cape Girardeau, I was able to hit the deck running with the characters because I already knew them. Could be that because I know Morley, I was more focused on reading. Oct 30, 2011 Shawn rated it liked it. The only reason I bought this book was because I was a police officer in Cape Girardeau at the time Morley wrote it. Morley was our prosecuting attorney.

Morley Swingle has crafted a perfect story. Published by Thriftbooks. Meanwhile the villain and the hero posses that full measure of chilling menace and lion-hearted likeableness that kept me either cheering or booing throughout the whole book.

The gold of Cape Girardeau.

Morley Swingle’s Civil War novel The Gold of Cape Girardeau was recently awarded the 2005 Governor’s Book Award and selected as one of the books in Cape Girardeau’s 2006 United We Read program. Excerpt From A Private History of a Campaign That Failed. You have heard from a great many people who did something in the war; is it not fair and right that you listen a little moment to one who started out to do something in it, but didn’t?

Cape Girardeau County - Morley Swingle Biography His first novel, a mystery entitled The Gold of Cape Girardeau, was published in 2002 and. by the Missouri Bar, this three-volume set of books. Gold of Cape Girardeau - Home, Southeast Missouri State University The Gold of Cape Girardeau is an exciting historical novel that begins and ends with a modern-day courtroom drama over buried treasure

Swingle Morley is located in Jackson city of Missouri state. Other places within 1500 meters of Swingle Morley are listed below.

Swingle combines actual crimes, legal analysis and humor to recreate his most entertaining stories of villains, heroes and ordinary people, from the crime scene to the courtroom. Swingle also provides insight into the writing and historical backgrounds of his other two novels, The Gold of Cape Girardeau and Bootheel Man. Disclaimer.

The Gold of Cape Girardeau: A Novel 11 copies. Morley Swingle is currently considered a "single author. If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author. Morley Swingle is composed of 1 name.

The Gold of Cape Girardeau is an exciting historical novel that begins and ends with a modern-day courtroom drama over buried treasure. Young lawyer Allison Culbertson faces a fierce courtroom battle with one of her former law instructors to uncover the truth of the mysterious gold’s ownership. The secrets of the treasure emerge in a journey back to the steamboating days along the Mississippi River. Two young lovers face myriad trials and adventures together until—in the ultimate test of their love—the Civil War places them, their community, and an entire nation in devastating turmoil. A wonderful blend of historical fact and well-written fiction, this compelling story is full of courageous characters and vivid historical settings.
Reviews: 7
Ffrlel
This was a gift for a family member but I recently read the book and it definitely gets five stars! I grew up in Cape Girardeau and was always fascinated by it's Civil War history, the old homes, and the Mississippi River.
Zehaffy
I really enjoyed this book! The Gold of Cape Girardeau is an exhilarating tale of life on the Mississippi during the 1850's and the civil war. The historical side of the story is part river adventure, part war story and part love story, with characters both real and varied. Meanwhile the villain and the hero posses that full measure of chilling menace and lion-hearted likeableness that kept me either cheering or booing throughout the whole book.
A fun twist is that Swingle adds a feel of time-travel without resorting to science fiction. He gives the reader a present-day courtroom drama that joins the older story--not in time--but in the basement of an old house in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Morley Swingle has crafted a perfect story, with great attention lavished on both his characters and his steamboat & civil war history. While the modern courtroom scenes are the smaller part of this book, courtroom buffs will relish Swingle's realism on that battlefield as well.
Nawenadet
CAPE GIRARDEAU ON THE MISSISSIPPI MEETS BUDAPEST ON THE DANUBE - Morley Swingle's new book, The Gold of Cape Girardeau, reached me here in spring, 2006, and I had the great pleasure of reading it, while at the same time musing over my own boyhood in Kansas City, yet another river city in Missouri.

The book has everything--murder, intrigue and love portrayed against the background of the tragic days of the civil war and steam boating on the great river. Swingle's astonishing scholarship on these subjects is evident throughout and gives the tale a remarkable authenticity.

There's a deeper feeling to this novel though, that is somewhat difficult to define. In my opinion, Morley Swingle is a natural born story teller. Of course, he's a flawless wordsmith, but the quality of this story goes well beyond mere fluency with the language. While reading, I always had the sensation that Mark Twain's spirit was hovering approvingly in the background, manifesting itself at every twist, turn, and nuance of the river, as well as through the action and dialogue of the characters. Rather spooky, don't you think - but in a wonderfully entertaining sort of way. Read the book and see if you don't sense this continuity from Twain and Hannibal to Swingle and Cape Girardeau. You will become deeply aware of Swingle's love and profound respect for his city and his region. This is indeed Mark Twain and Swingle country and Morley writes about it with the same loving care that Twain used when immortalizing Hannibal, Missouri, his boyhood home. Morley Swingle is a worthy successor to Mark Twain and I eagerly await more of his work.

Mystery and history fans out there, don't miss this one, it's a rare treat!

Greg, Budapest, Hungary
Akirg
Morley Swingle has a gift of storytelling that makes the 290+ pages of this book speed by, you'll be reading and not notice that hours have passed. The characters in The Gold of Cape Girardeau were honest and believable, the villian didn't even come forth as being cartoony, even though that would have been easy to do with someone as hateful as Claxton. I highly reccomend this book to anyone who loves a good story. For someone who lived in Cape Girardeau for four years and who has lived in Missouri his whole life this book is even more entertaining. The numerous references to the area made the book leap to life in my head. I often used to drive out to Cape Rock to watch the river and the boats drift past lazily. As an alumni of Southeast Missouri State University i'm proud for the schools name to be attached to this book. A friend who is involved with the SEMO Press tells me the book may be turned into a movie. Keep your fingers crossed!
Gavigamand
Mr. Swingle has spun a unique story spanning several generations. As a native of the area, I particularly enjoyed the authentic local history. It is clear by the information provided in the afterword that the author "did his homework"...taking much of his research from exhaustive eyewitness accounts. However, it is not necessary to be a history buff to enjoy this novel. By introducing very real and likeable characters (and a few unsavory ones!) he captured the essence of the riverboating and Civil War eras. Add in a little courtroom drama and suspense and it adds up to one thoroughly enjoyable novel. I recommend it highly.
melody of you
Swingle has written a very entertaining novel. It is full of entertaining history of the glory days of Mississippi River steamboating as well as a realistic portrait of the Civil War in and around Southeast Missouri. The characters are engaging and the story will keep you reading late into the night. He has also, created a thoroughly dispicable character in Horace Claxton, who provides an evil counterpoint to John and Lindy. I doubt that you will find a more interesting historical novel available today. Buy it and read it!
Zahisan
"The Gold of Cape Girardeau" is a wonderful story that successfully combines fiction with history. You fall in love with the characters and become unable to put the book down. It has an intriguing plot that mixes the past with modern day. You go back through time and become a part of Lindy's and John's world, laughing when they laugh, crying when they cry. It evokes all your emotions and touches your heart. It is truly one of the best!
Although I am a big fan of the Civil War I rarely read books of this nature. Being from the Cape Girardeau area I thought I'd give it a try and was very surprised. I would highly recommend this book if you are interested in life on the Mississippi or the Civil War.