THE MONITOR AFFAIR—1862 [The Historical Mysteries] by Clarence Budington Kelland

“An absorbing novel of espionage and romance—an unforgettable story of the amazing ship that saved the Union.” —The New York Herald-Tribune

“One of America’s most famous authors tells of the fateful battle of the ironclads-and the beautiful woman who turned the tide of history.” —Detroit News

Yvonne Constant of Val-Fleury was a pampered, privileged daughter of the south and an ardent champion of the Confederacy. Eric Nelson was a Swedish immigrant and a committed Union patriot, working with the famed John Ericsson on a new weapon that could win the war for the North. When Yvonne and Eric met, they experienced an attraction neither could admit—not even to themselves. But Eric had been entrusted with the North’s greatest secret; men had already died to keep it safe, and Yvonne’s aunt was one of Robert E. Lee’s wiliest agents in New York—how could he ever trust her or let down his guard in her presence?

When their true passions for each other became manifest to those around them, Yvonne and Eric were targeted by conspirators, spies, and assassins. Would they ever live long enough to realize—or even declare—the growing love they felt? In what kind of nation would they realize it?

“As John Ericsson and his assistant were trying to convince Northern officials of the need for his ship, the Monitor. Confederate spies were working to destroy it. Those who like Kelland's work will not want to miss this.” —Buffalo News

“Clarence Budington Kelland is master of the slick, swift, entertaining yarn … Demonstrates the emotions of his lovers with psychological penetration.” —The New York Times

"Espionage and romance; and also the story of the amazing ship that saved the Union.” —Hanover Evening Sun

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About the Author

Clarence Budington Kelland is a legendary Golden Age author of mystery and romantic suspense. Kelland penned some 100 novels, and selling them as serials to the biggest and highest-paying magazines of the time—like The Saturday Evening Post and The American Magazine. Many were immortalized on film, of which the romantic suspense comedy and Oscar winner, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, is undoubtedly the most famous. Kelland appeared alongside Agatha Christie, Rex Stout and Erle Stanley Gardner in the same magazines, but was the most popular of the four. His trademark dialogue and deftly plotted stories “made him an American tradition and won him more loyal, devoted readers than almost any other living author.” Kelland described himself as “the best second-rate writer in the world.” His legions of fans would likely disagree. There is nothing second-rate about his work.