Kiss Me, I’m Dead by J.G. Sandom – a novel based on 1904 fire of General Slocum steamship

The General Slocum disaster is one of the greatest tragedies in American history. On June 15, 1904, hundreds of residents of Kleindeutschland (Little Germany), the Lower East Side’s thriving German community, boarded the excursion steamer to enjoy a day trip outside the city. Most of them would never return home. In a catastrophe that “easily could have been prevented” more than a thousand  passengers faced a horrible choice — die by fire or by drowning.

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J.G. Sandom’s novel is  narrated by the ghost of one of the victims.

 On the day of her first kiss, June 15, 1904, Mallory Meer, 15, dies in the General Slocum steamship disaster. Dustin Brauer, her Jewish boyfriend, had snuck aboard to be with her. Now, he is accused of setting the fire by the son of his fathers employer, a leader in the German neighborhood. As the official coroners inquest occurs, a secondary one takes place in the community with Dustin on trial. Mallory, now insubstantial, sees everything and helps the truth to emerge. While historically no conclusive proof was found of how the fire started, Welsh does a creditable job of imagining how it spread, including disturbing images of those trapped on the burning vessel. He uses Mallorys ghostly presence to bring the coroners inquest, and those from the boat company and the safety inspectors office, to life. Unresolved tells a remarkable story in a remarkable way…Without explaining anti-Semitism or corruption, Welsh shows readers the neighborhoods vibrancy and prejudices and helps them to understand how justice worked in early-20th-century New York. –Lisa Prolman, Greenfield Public Library, MA

Caroline Thompson (author of Edward Scissorhands) said, “Move over, Dan Brown . . . All hail J.G. Sandom . . .

Kirkus said, “Sandom’s strength lies in the verve of his story, with writing that has both muscle . . . (and) brains . . . (THE WAVE) races from improbable to crazywild, all in good fun, with Sandom always one step ahead . . . A story with enough manic energy to be worthy of a nuclear explosion.”

While known mostly as a writer of thrillers and mysteries, Sandom is also the author of several Young Adult (YA) novels, including the award-winning KISS ME, I’M DEAD and CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BODY SNATCHERThe Washington Post said, “(Sandom) writes with a precision and delicacy unusual for YA fiction,” and called KISS ME, I’M DEAD “a subtle gem.”

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J. G. Sandom, often referred to as the “Father of Interactive (Internet) Advertising,” co-founded the world’s first interactive advertising agency before launching an award-winning writing career. He is the author of nine works of fiction, including THE GOD MACHINE and GOSPEL TRUTHS (both set partially in the UK); THE WALL STREET MURDER CLUB; THE WAVE; KISS ME, I’M DEAD; and CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BODY SNATCHER (also set in the UK).

Born in Chicago (1956), raised in Europe, and a graduate of Amherst College (where he won the Academy of American Poets Prize), Sandom moved to New York City in 1979. He worked as a freelance copy writer, public relations and advertising executive, and corporate spokesperson trainer for such companies as Hill & Knowlton and Ketchum Inc.

Sandom continues to consult in the world of interactive advertising and digital marketing communications, and is currently working on a new novel.

The Seed of Icarus – 1975
The Blue Men – 1981
Gospel Truths – 1992, 2007
The Wave – 2002, 2010
Kiss me, I’m dead – 2006, 2010
Confessions of a Teenage Body Snatcher – 2007, 2010
The God Machine – 2009
Two Teen Terrors – 2010
The Wall Street Murder Club – 2013

About carolkean

novelist, reviewer, editor, book critic for Liberty Island and Perihelion Science Fiction; native prairie/guerilla gardener; champion of liberty, indie authors & underdogs; one of the top two reviewers in Editors &Preditors Poll 2015; Amazon Vine, NetGalley Top Reviewer
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