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The Anarchist

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On a stifling, hot afternoon in September 1901, a young anarchist, Leon Czolgosz, who has been stalking President William McKinley, waits in line to meet the president, his right hand wrapped in a handkerchief and held across his chest as though it were in a sling. But the handkerchief conceals a .32-caliber revolver. When the president greets him, Czolgosz fires two shots.

The nation quickly plummets into fear and anger. A week later, rioting mobs attempt to lynch McKinley's assassin, and across the country, political dissidents such as the notorious Emma Goldman are tracked down and arrested. Driven by a sense of duty and by his love for a beautiful Russian prostitute, Czolgosz's confidant, Moses Hyde, infiltrates an anarchist group as it sets in motion a deadly scheme designed to push the country into a state of terror.

The Anarchist brilliantly renders a haunting and belligerent twentieth-century landscape teeming with corrupt politicians, kind-hearted prostitutes, dissidents, and immigrants eager for a fresh start. It is an America where every allegiance is questioned, and every hope and aspiration comes at a price.

Genre: Mystery

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"John Smolens is that rare and gifted writer..." - Andre Dubus III

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Paperback Editions

December 2009 : USA Paperback

Title: The Anarchist: A Novel
Author(s): John Smolens
ISBN: 0-307-35189-0 / 978-0-307-35189-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
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January 2018 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Anarchist
Author(s): John Smolens
Publisher: Michigan State University Press
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