Deep Creek

Deep Creek

eBook - 2010
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"Deep Creek" is a historical thriller inspired by actual events and people: the 1887 massacre of Chinese miners in remote and beautiful Hells Canyon; the middle-aged judge who goes after their slayers; and the sham race-murder trial that follows.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
ISBN: 9780547488578
Characteristics: 1 online resource (308 p.) : maps.


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Jan 24, 2019

I found Deep Creek to be a gripping historical novel that made for a compelling and challenging read. Although in real life no one was ever charged with this mass murder, the authors have delivered a complex, interesting story that serves to illuminate many of the prejudices and deeply rooted racism that the Chinese faced when they came to America seeking a new way of life.

KCLSRecommends Oct 13, 2014

Exciting historical fiction based on the true story of the 1887 massacre of Chinese miners in Hells Canyon, Idaho. After a police judge and his 10-year-old daughter ‘catch’ a dead body while fishing the Snake River, the judge and two others pursue the murderers through remote canyons and towns.

Dec 03, 2012

Here is the correct description of this novel from Publisher's Weekly:

The 1887 massacre of more than 30 Chinese gold miners in a remote area of the Idaho territory provides the real-life foundation for this engrossing look at racial prejudice and the settling of the West, the first novel from Hand (the pen name for William Howarth and Anne Matthews). After police judge Joe Vincent and his 10-year-old daughter, Nell, find a body while fishing, more brutally mutilated bodies turn up along the Snake River. The Sam Yup Company, a Chinese labor exchange, hires Vincent to find the culprits. Lee Loi, an ambitious investigator, and Grace Sundown, a Métis mountain guide who shares a past with Vincent, join the hunt. The three track a murderous crew through remote canyons and towns. The plot soon evolves into an insightful look at how Chinese immigrants and American Indians became the targets of rage and violence. The subsequent capture and trial of the killers illustrate that how the West was won was neither simple nor fair to minorities.

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