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June 02 , 2011

The Boatman and the Traitor

The Pinkerton Files, Volume 5


The Pinkerton Files sets real cases of America's first detective in a world of radical inventions driving a bitterly divided nation to war. These stories, which inspired the audio series narrated by Battlestar Galactica's Michael Hogan, blend true events into an alternate setting where history has not turned out the way we know it.

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