River Ice – by David Martin

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During the Great Depression, Lewis Seagrove struggles to provide for his wife and three children; an honest man, he will still do whatever necessary to take care of them. The stunning novel River Ice is about prejudice and survival.

Lewis climbs onto a moving rail car carrying coal so he can throw some off, jumps from the train, and walks along the track to gather it. He takes a small row boat at night, making a treacherous trip across the 1,500-foot-wide Ohio River to pilfer vegetables from gardens on the Kentucky side.

At the river, Lewis meets a young black kid squatting in an old river cabin. Sam is the son of a Mississippi sharecropper and the two develop a relationship. Lewis helps Sam get a job in his tenement building.

Lewis’ 12-year-old daughter, Dorothy, helps the family by taking a paper route. A customer, Todd Dreyson, is a child pornographer who Dorothy unwittingly becomes involved with, and her father finds out. Lewis confronts him and shortly after, Dreyson is murdered, a crime for which Lewis is charged. The aging district attorney wants a conviction to assure his re-election and doesn’t let justice get in the way.


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Keywords:- Great Depression, 1930, 1930’s, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Action, Three Musketeers, Cincinnati, Ohio, Ohio River, Bookhitch, David Martin, Published.com, Paddle Wheel Steamer, Paddle Wheel, Author David Martin.


Genres:- Fiction, Historical, General, Suspense.

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