Hell's Half-Acre: A Novel

Paperback | December 15, 2015

byNicholas Nicastro

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Welcome to the bloody end of bleeding Kansas…

Based on true events, this unforgettable novel tells the story of the Bloody Benders, a family of grifters and thieves running an isolated feed store on the Kansas plains, boarding travelers along the Great Osage Trail.

Beautiful Kate Bender was mysterious and well-versed in the dark arts; Ma and Pa were quiet and foreboding, speaking in guttural tones; and young John Bender was thought to be insane. On land soaked with the blood of conflict, the Benders made their home. And one by one, prairie travelers began to disappear…

Rooted in history, this is a vivid tale of the Benders’ origins, and how they became some of the most horrific figures in early post-Civil War America. This gruesome Western thriller is perfect for lovers of Sweeney Todd, and fans of John Harwood and Sarah Raynes.

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Welcome to the bloody end of bleeding Kansas…Based on true events, this unforgettable novel tells the story of the Bloody Benders, a family of grifters and thieves running an isolated feed store on the Kansas plains, boarding travelers along the Great Osage Trail.Beautiful Kate Bender was mysterious and well-versed in the dark arts; Ma...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:December 15, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062422561

ISBN - 13:9780062422569

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“Nicastro has reconstructed Kate’s story well...captivatingly written, with all the details, prairie life, and dialogue of the period...This Western’s plot straddles the Civil War period, and the use of flashbacks keeps the mystery riveting. A surprise ending awaits readers. Recommended.”