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Steel Ashes

by Karen Rose Cercone

With this story you enter the smoke and grime of 1905 industrial Pittsburgh. Our hero is a social worker, Helen Sorby, who teams up to solve a crime with detective Milo Kachigan, the only cop of Armenian heritage on the almost exclusively Irish police force. Helen‘s work allows her to mix freely with the flood of mostly European immigrants who work 12 hour, back-breaking shifts in America’s steel mills. As a socialist and a pledge-taken member of the temperance league, she has little use for Pittsburgh’s corrupt political machine and the mill’s own labor busting police.

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