The House on Hatemonger Hill
By Eileen Haavik McIntire
A colorful caper
of historical suspense
The protagonist is plain, timid Sue Millard who is pulled into a dangerous plot to rob American neo-Nazi George Lincoln Rockwell. “It’s all for a good cause,” she thinks as she struggles with her conscience and her fear. Robbery is a crime, but Rockwell is an angry man with evil plans. Sue and her gang of thieves succeed and donate the stolen stash to civil rights organizations to help pass the Civil Rights Bill of 1964. Their plot is perfectly planned—nothing can go wrong, but Rockwell finds out who robbed him, and Sue becomes caught in an escalating campaign of terror as she fights for her life.
Here’s the background.
I once ran a boarding house in downtown Washington, D.C., and mined the experience in writing this book. Although I took bits of personality from the real boarders in developing the characters for this book, this is a work of fiction. None of the fictional characters bear any resemblance to anyone I met at the real boarding house.
I took the descriptions of George Lincoln Rockwell and the house from the well-researched and reviewed book, American Fuehrer—George Lincoln Rockwell and the American Nazi Party by Frederick J. Simonelli. Descriptions of Rockwell’s men and neighborhood are entirely fictional.
The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act by Clay Risen was also a helpful resource. I also used many articles on the Internet describing the times, Rockwell and the struggle for civil rights.
The international language Esperanto also figures in this book. I was an active Esperantist in the Washington area, and the boarding house also became an “Esperanto Domo.” I hosted Esperantists visiting Washington from all over the world. One of these guests was a young woman from Poland named Maria. She became a lifelong advocate for Esperanto. Several years ago, I met her again. I asked her about the green star she was wearing, and was surprised to learn she was Maria, now a physician in Tampa, Florida. The green star is a symbol of Esperanto.
The passage of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 made a huge difference in the lives of African Americans and of all women in the United States. More legal battles had to be fought but Title VII not only banned discrimination against African Americans, it also opened the door for women to gain access to jobs, credit cards and loans in their own names, join professional associations, like the National Press Club, that up until then were “men only,” to enter restaurants and register at hotels without raised eyebrows and harassment, to be admitted to military academies as equals to men, and many other rights that had been denied to women and to African Americans.
“I only write when I’m inspired, so I see to it that I’m inspired every morning at nine o’clock.” ~ Peter De Vries
I love reading and writing mysteries. Here are two of my latest.
From Kirkus reviews -
“McIntire’s latest novel is a fast-paced and multilayered thriller with well-developed characters and colorful settings...Most of the action is set in Virginia, and McIntire does a fine job of capturing the rhythm of its small-town life, from the friendliness of local business to the calm of quiet nights on the water. An engaging tale for aficionados of psychological suspense.”
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"The fourth title in author Eileen Haavik McIntire's "The 90s Club" series, The 90s Club & the Mystery at Lilac Inn is another deftly written and thoroughly entertaining read that will be especially appreciated by all dedicated mystery/suspense fans." – Midwest Book Review
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