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This book begins with a mystery about the demise of the daughter of a professor in a local college community. The professor's grandaughter Sylvia only knows that her mother is dead but there is a mystery about the circumstances before her death. Then an anonymous message is delivered to the grandfather but not communicated to the young girl. The book is about Sylvia's education after her grandfather's passing and her coming into womanhood. A large portion of the narrative is devoted to the working of Indiana's political machines and the dirty politics of powerful bosses working underhandedly and maneuvering to benefit the rich. In particular, how two political enemies striving to reach the top resort to dirty politics and how this is related to the mystery of Sylvia's birth. Keeping reading beyond the politics to find the love story hidden there.
Sylvia Garrison is a young woman with both a bright future and a mysterious past. But never mind that! Instead, direct your attention to Indiana politics. Pages and pages and pages of politics. Indiana state politics is where its at. Some readers may enjoy reading about Democrats and Republicans and the mechanics of being a Boss. Well here's your book. Take it. I don't want it.