Gray Victory

Robert Skimin, Author St. Martin's Press $19.95 (378p) ISBN 978-0-312-01374-5
This vast, boisterous, yet well-controlled story by the author of Chikara! is an artful rewriting of history. The Confederate States have won the Civil War and are established as a separate nation, the C.S.A. A muckraking newspaper has charged Major General J.E.B. Stuart with dereliction of duty at Gettysburg and President Jefferson Davis convenes a military court of inquiry. Stuart's attorney, Colonel John Mosby (who does not yet know that Stuart is being set up to take the blame for the battle's outcome), is also charged with keeping a wary eye on a moderate Negro abolitionist group called Abraham. A highly militant group of Northern abolitionists led by Salmon Brown, son of John Brown, and Verita, a beautiful but murderous fanatic, want to link up with Abraham and create such bloodshed in the C.S.A. that war will again break out between the two nations. Their plan is to assassinate the cream of the C.S.A.: President Davis; Judah Benjamin, the ambassador to the United States; the senior generals; and the cabinetmost of whom will be attending Stuart's lengthy yet compelling trial. These characters are strong and convincing and all plot lines logically converge in a violent confrontation in the Richmond, Va., courthouse. Major ad/promo; author tour. (March)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
Genre: Fiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-312-91375-5
Paperback - 400 pages - 978-1-4401-1974-3
Hardcover - 978-0-517-00488-3
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