I really like the setting of this 2020 book – Spokane in the early 1900s.
The author is from Spokane.
Homeless workers, railway tramps and union organizers.
A mix of real and fictional characters makes it more entertaining.
Rye Dolan and his older brother, Gig. Orphaned and penniless. Trying to make their way.
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, a teenage, pregnant firebrand western Joan of Arc. She’s based on an actual historical character. A founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union and a visible proponent of women’s rights, birth control, and women’s suffrage.
Ursula the Great, a striptease artist who sings in a cage with a cougar.
The bad guys: mine owners, violent police, unsympathetic judges and conservative newspaper editors.
It’s not all that well written. But the story does keep moving.