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The Jekyl Island Club

The Jekyl Island Club

Located on the idyllic Georgia coast, Jekyl Island was the playground of the rich at the turn of the last century. Vanderbilts, Goulds, Rockefellers, and other members of elite society vacationed there, enjoying the finest aspects of Southern hospitality that money could buy and importing the rest... more

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Located on the idyllic Georgia coast, Jekyl Island was the playground of the rich at the turn of the last century. Vanderbilts, Goulds, Rockefellers, and other members of elite society vacationed there, enjoying the finest aspects of Southern hospitality that money could buy and importing the rest from New York. Indeed, the money was good: the club's one hundred members controlled one sixth of the nation's wealth. When one of the club's members is shot to death on the island, his fellow captains of industry anxiously conclude it was as a hunting accident. Is the impending visit to the Jekyl Island Club by President McKinley the only reason? Could J. P. Morgan himself have been the one who pulled the trigger? Whose side is member and millionaire newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer on? The answer to whether or not the richest of the rich can literally get away with murder lies in the hands of local sheriff John le Brun, a wily Civil War veteran who has his own agenda with the Yankees who bought Jekyl Island. This ingenious novel raises Brent Monahan to the first rank of contemporary entertainers. The real Jekyl Island Club, its members, and many real events from American history of the era are interwoven within a plot that could easily have happened. Cleverly plotted and delightfully told, The Jekyl Island Club is suspenseful storytelling at its finest.

Brent Monahan was born in Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan in 1948, as a World War II occupation baby. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in Music and his Doctor of Musical Arts...more

Reviews

"Historically accurate, sardonically observant.... Monahan keeps the pace brisk and Le Brun's wit up front as he weaves a clever and socially conscious yarn."

Providence Journal-Bulletin

"An old-fashioned page turner of the best sort."

Indianapolis Star & News

"Utterly satisfying.... A charming period mystery."

The Wall Street Journal

"Monahan keeps a perfect feeling of the period...Altogether entertaining."

Gahan Wilson, Playboy

"Monahan's rich attention to detail and his genuinely unique character, the quietly annoying and tenacious Le Brun, make this novel an interesting read."

Rapport

"Combines a compelling mystery with fascinating characters from the very top levels of society in 1899 America. Readers will find themselves enjoying the rich period atmosphere at least as much as the crime solving. A first-class yarn."

Booklist

"Vastly entertaining, with surprises and reverses at every turn."

Tampa Tribune Times

"...a fascinating peek into the past.... A spirited hero, a clever killer, and rich period detail all add to the entertainment."

Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

" In his mystery debut, horror novelist Monahan offers a stalwart hero, an interesting tale, and generally efficient storytelling."

Kirkus Reviews

"...a leisurely intertwining of historical figures and events with fictional characters in what proves to be an entertaining whodunit."

Chicago Sun-Times