The Civil War is raging on and the Llyr family of Seneca Falls, New York find themselves caught up in it. Kathryn is a nurse for the Union while Bronwen, formerly a Pinkerton agent, is working undercover. Their brother Seth is a soldier whos in a precarious situationafter a battle, he was found behind enemy lines, picked up and imprisoned as a spy. He is sent to Libby Prison where he is condemned to be hanged.

The sisters, though they put Union matters first, must rescue Seth. Bronwen, who reports to Mr. Lincoln, learns that her brothers situation is desperate, and with Kathryn, devises a plan for Seths escape. However, Bronwen has made many enemies, and they would like nothing better than to see the end of Seth and her as well.

Meticulous details and a story based on reality make BROTHERS OF CAIN a spellbinding read. The dangers and intrigues of the Civil War spring to life in a historical novel thats also a solid mystery. (Sep., 336 pp., $22.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg