THE CRICKET CAGE by R. H. Shimer

THE CRICKET CAGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Ruth Shimer wrote the Oscar award-winning Squaw Point, a different story iced over in Eskimo land or close to it. Now she's written a period suspense novel (one hates to apply that other word although it also fits) about Kate Butler, a newspaperwoman bristling with ideas ahead of her times--the late 1800's--who comes to see her sister Dulcey (""Cricket"") in Seattle and finds her on view in a satin-lined coffin in the parlor. Her husband, Captain Ferry, ""a positive pirate"" in the China trade, is not there at first but there are inferences of his involvement in yellow slavery or opium and just why does the pretty servant girl Tsee Tsee disappear? The story is convincingly authenticated by the era and Seattle's ""sanitation committee"" to clean up the ""Mongolian evil,"" and in an overgrown genre, you'll find this one a pleasant change for the best.

Pub Date: Oct. 22nd, 1975
Publisher: Harper & Row