Muckraker: A Novel Noir

ISBN 978-1-7324434-4-0 Retail Price $20.00. Also available on Kindle as an eBook.

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The Reviews

“This is a book that reels you in from the start and never lets go: a first-rate 1920s crime noir novel …” Historical Fiction Company

“Retired district court judge Mark Munger knows the law and those who operate beyond its boundaries. As a life-long Minnesota resident, he also commands intimate knowledge of the state’s history and multicultural background. In Muckraker: a Novel Noir, starting from a few strands of historical fact, he weaves a rich fictional tapestry of political corruption, personal loyalty, and betrayal. The plot and tense, staccato writing transport the reader back to the dark side of prohibition in the state whose Congressman, Andrew Volstead, gave his name to the act that banned the sale and consumption of alcohol in the U.S., thereby making bootlegging immensely profitable. The book is a real page-turner, with unforgettable characters and surprising turns of events in every chapter. By placing the characters and action in a rich and plausible historical context, the author succeeds in making his tale relevant as well as entertaining. I loved it.” John Simon, author of Strangers in a Stranger Land

“Munger weaves a story of heroics, friendship and debts to friends, politics, ambition, skeletons in the closet, corruption, violence, and revenge all centered on Minnesota ethnic fictional characters from the 20s and early 30s … Because of Munger’s professional background, he gives the reader a convincing and real seat in the courtroom.” Fred Friedman, Former Chief Public Defender, Minnesota’s 6th Judicial District

“I found Muckraker to be an intriguing fictional account of very real human experiences set in the past, but with palpable connections to contemporary realities. The plot keeps the readers’ acute attention as it contemplates morality and mortality, exploring friendships, regret, secrets, corruption, demands of loyalty, and threats of revenge in ways that seem ordinary and monumental.” Hanna Erpestadt, Retired Dean of  Liberal Arts and Sciences, Lake Superior College