Genre: Mystery

Book Summary

When Socrates Cheng is hired by a Civil War museum to investigate a burglary and to recover stolen documents, he comes face-to-face with the most perilous and controversial investigation of his career as he learns that the documents contain an explosive and deadly secret: that revered Confederate General Robert E. Lee was born a black slave who passed for white.

Pressed hard by the museum to recover the documents before their incendiary content becomes public, and suspected by homicide cops of having committed murder in the course of his investigation, Socrates races to protect the museum’s most closely guarded secret and to establish his own innocence.

The Counterfeit Twin marries the suspense of an intricate murder mystery with glimpses into Civil War history, southern plantation slave life, and the strange behavior of modern-day Civil War reenactors.


Mr. Roth, Mr. Roth.............Why do you do this to me? I came home from work one night intending to read a few chapters to relax. The next thing I knew it was 1 AM and I had unwittingly gobbled the whole book. The plot premises are fantastic, and plausible at the same time. . . . . This was great fun to read, and I don`t even regret the loss of an evening to do so. Please sir, may I have another?

About the Author

Steve has been a student of Chinese and Greek cultures, philosophy and history for more than two decades, and continues to be intrigued by the often contradictory contributions each of these remarkable and disparate civilizations has made to American culture.

Steve writes fiction – mysteries with an historical basis and suspense/thrillers.

Steve holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and history from Pennsylvania State University and a law degree from Duke Law School. He is retired from law practice and lives with his wife in Washington, DC.

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