Compass in the blood

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers,
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1st ed.
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IL: UG - BL: 6.1 - AR Pts: 9
According to the 1902 newspapers, it was the most bizarre and sensational crime in Pittsburgh history. Katherine Soffel, the wife of the warden of Allegheny County Jail, fell hopelessly in love with one of two brothers awaiting execution in her husband's prison and helped them escape by smuggling in saws and guns. Then, deserting her marriage and four young children, she fled north with the fugitives in a stolen sleigh. The next day, they were apprehended by a posse. The boys were shot to pieces, but Mrs. Soffel recovered from her wound and was sent to prison. Now, nearly a century later, Dee Armstrong, a college freshman studying to be a TV journalist, is plunged into the middle of startling questions about the news-papers' versions of this crime. Having written an award-winning paper on the Soffel case her senior year of high school, Dee draws the attention of a controversial local TV journalist, who tells her there is evidence that Mrs. Soffel kept a secret prison diary, in which a shockingly different account of the escape is detailed. How would Dee like to help find it? Dee jumps at the chance, convinced it is the opportunity of a lifetime. But as the search proceeds, she encounters unexpected conflicts in pursuit of her chosen career. Basing his novel on a real crime and the many unanswered questions surrounding it, William E. Coles Jr. offers readers a fascinating mystery overlaid with a penetrating look at human nature.
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subject_facet Betrayal -- Fiction, Mystery and detective stories, Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Fiction, Soffel, Katherine, -- 1867-1909 -- Fiction
title_display Compass in the blood
title_full Compass in the blood / by William E. Coles, Jr.
title_short Compass in the blood
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