Title: The Styx
Publisher: Middle River Press
Publication Date: 2009
Book Condition: New
Dust Jacket Condition: New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Middle River Press 2009 2nd printing, F/F new and unread in mylar dustjacket cover. Signed by King on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-16099083700
Synopsis: It is legend, the burning of the Styx. For over a hundred years, the destruction of a black community on the blossoming new island of Palm Beach has been folklore. Historic photos prove the Styx existed, but century-old memories muddle the truth of its demise. What happened to a ragtag collection of homes and rooming houses that once sheltered the great Henry Flagler s hotel workers at the turn of the 20th century? The legend is steeped in rumor, but the racism of the age, the uncommon wealth and privilege that came to the wilderness of Florida, and the greedy scramble to grab a piece of a new Eden are undeniable truths. Jonathon King s novel The Styx is a fictional story of what happened in the later years of the 1890 s, when the great migration to Florida changed the state forever. With deft descriptions of New York s Lower East Side, the Wild West towns and villages of a newly discovered Florida, and the majesty of Palm Beach s new Royal Poinciana Hotel, King tells a story of murder and cover-ups, power turned greedy, society women behaving badly, and good people doing what good people must always do to build a real civilization.
About the Author: Jonathon King is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Max Freeman crime series set in the Everglades and the hard urban streets of Florida. As a police and court reporter for 24 years in Fort Lauderdale and Philadelphia he won dozens of journalism awards for investigative, news and feature writing. Of his novel, Shadow Men, James Lee Burke said: Jonathon King captures the intrigue, lyrical beauty, and darkness of the Florida Everglades better than any other writer I know of. His account of corporate greed in the midst of an Edenic paradise is a warning for our times. And Publishers Weekly said of his novel Eye of Vengeance: Veteran journalist King sets this edgy, brooding stand-alone in a milieu he knows well, the world of the professional crime reporter... King s crisp writing and insights into grief and loss give this novel a depth and poignancy unusual for a thriller. In 2002 his first book, The Blue Edge of Midnight, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best first novel by an American author. He has seven published books set in South Florida.
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