Tell us, John, what is your ultimate goal?
My name is John Gilbert. Some say I’m a villain, and I wouldn’t argue the point too strongly. I prefer to call myself a businessman. Deal-brokering, blackmail, gambling, procurement of women for the sex trade, it all falls under the category of business. Making money, any way I can, is what I do.
What do you see as your greatest obstacle?
It’s not what but who. Doyle Flanagan, the bugger who sold me the railroad shares that went belly up weeks later, is always sticking his nose into my affairs. Seems I just get something good going, and he ruins it. Life would be ideal if Flanagan would pack his bags and get out of town, taking his snoopy girlfriend, Cady Delafield along with him.
Pick an historical figure and compare yourself to him. How are you alike and different?
Anyone who knows me will see the immediate similarities to Ulysses S. Grant, the eighteenth president of this great country. As a child, people thought he was slow and called him Useless. But like me, he showed them he had the brains and fortitude to be great. He was a military genius and never lost a battle. Don’t pay any mind to his detractors who claim his administration was riddled with scandal, corruption and drinking. We all have enemies. Mine is that bastard Flanagan. He destroyed everything and bankrupted me, same as a business associate did to Grant in the end.
Name a song that would be played in the soundtrack of your life?
“Camptown Races” by Stephan Foster. It’s an old minstrel tune. You’ve probably heard it. It’s a catchy song that goes something like this…
‘Camptown ladies won’t you come out tonight, come out tonight…’
The racetrack, gambling and loose women. Life couldn’t get much finer. It’s what I live for.
Here’s a blurb from A Wicked Truth—the last reckoning between me and Flanagan. And if you’re ever in the vicinity of the Illinois State Penitentiary, stop in and say hello.
The wedding date is set, and life is magical for Doyle Flanagan and Cady Delafield. Yet trouble has a way of finding these two. Honor bound to repay an old debt, Doyle agrees to help a friend find her sister. As he searches for the girl, painful memories surface, stunning Cady when she discovers facts about Doyle’s hidden past.
In spite of incredible odds, Cady and Doyle’s love has flourished. Now mired in tragedy and secrets, their happiness is in jeopardy. Their wits are put to the test when catastrophe strikes close to home threatening those Cady loves the most. Can they overcome the turmoil with a fateful decision that will change their future forever?
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