Odds and Ends — 15 March 2023

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Set in current times, but in an alternate history. The protagonist is a homicide detective in Pig’s Eye, a descendent of the man who might have (the charge was never proven) murdered Lucien Galtier and who was later appointed Minnesota Territorial Governor by President Frelinghuysen in part because of his exemplary service during the Oregon War.

The world’s history took a different branch of the multiverse than ours in the early 1840’s. Henry Clay barely won election of 1844 but didn’t serve out his term of office, dying during the war fought over the disputed Oregon Territory in 1846–47 in which the British took all of the land as far south as the border with Mexican California. Unlike our branch of the multiverse, The Republic of Texas is still extant, the American Civil War wasn’t until 1872–73 (a swift, short war ending with Jefferson Davis hanged for treason), and Germany crushed France in 1911.

The protagonist investigates the murder of the Ottoman consul in Pig’s Eye. Suspicion first falls on members of the local Armenian community but when the detective learns of the consul’s connections to the corrupt city’s underworld of gambling and prostitution…

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