The Bootlegger: A Story of Small-Town America

Paperback | May 13, 1999

byJohn E. Hallwas

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The true story of a struggling midwestern coal town and the small-time bootlegger Kelly Wagle, whose mysterious career -- and suspected involvement with two unsolved murder cases -- had a profound and lasting impact on his community.

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John E. Hallwas invites readers into a struggling Midwestern coal town where mysterious small-time bootlegger Kelly Wagle is suspected in two unsolved murder cases. The secrecy and suspicion have an intense and enduring affect on the community. Historically fascinating and compulsively readable, The Bootlegger: A Story of Small-Tow...

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The true story of a struggling midwestern coal town and the small-time bootlegger Kelly Wagle, whose mysterious career -- and suspected involvement with two unsolved murder cases -- had a profound and lasting impact on his community.

Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:May 13, 1999Publisher:University of Illinois PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0252068440

ISBN - 13:9780252068447

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John E. Hallwas invites readers into a struggling Midwestern coal town where mysterious small-time bootlegger Kelly Wagle is suspected in two unsolved murder cases. The secrecy and suspicion have an intense and enduring affect on the community. Historically fascinating and compulsively readable, The Bootlegger: A Story of Small-Town America examines how Colchester, Illinois, lost its chance at the American dream and reveals how this isolated corner of the Midwest reflects the typical American experience, identity and values.