Hell's Half-Acre: A Novel

Hell s Half Acre A Novel Welcome to the bloody end of bleeding Kansas Based on true events this unforgettable novel tells the story of the Bloody Benders a family of grifters and thieves running an isolated feed store on th

  • Title: Hell's Half-Acre: A Novel
  • Author: Nicholas Nicastro
  • ISBN: 9780062422569
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
  • Welcome to the bloody end of bleeding Kansas Based on true events, this unforgettable novel tells the story of the Bloody Benders, a family of grifters and thieves running an isolated feed store on the Kansas plains, boarding travelers along the Great Osage Trail.Beautiful Kate Bender was mysterious and well versed in the dark arts Ma and Pa were quiet and foreboding, speWelcome to the bloody end of bleeding Kansas Based on true events, this unforgettable novel tells the story of the Bloody Benders, a family of grifters and thieves running an isolated feed store on the Kansas plains, boarding travelers along the Great Osage Trail.Beautiful Kate Bender was mysterious and well versed in the dark arts Ma and Pa were quiet and foreboding, speaking in guttural tones and young John Bender was thought to be insane On land soaked with the blood of conflict, the Benders made their home And one by one, prairie travelers began to disappear Rooted in history, this is a vivid tale of the Benders origins, and how they became some of the most horrific figures in early post Civil War America This gruesome Western thriller is perfect for lovers of Sweeney Todd, and fans of John Harwood and Sarah Raynes.

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    1. A simultaneously glorious and grisly visit to the ideological battleground of Kansas territory in the late 1800's, a backdrop writ large behind the particular story of the Bloody Benders, a family group who make a business of murdering travelers on the Osage trail. The Benders' violent story (unknown elements imagined), the specifics (historically accurate), and the descriptions are disturbing and haunting, and the exceptionally well-researched matrix it is drawn upon is vivid and, dare I say it [...]

    2. Riveting, a real page turner. Fiction base on actual events with Kansas history blended into the story line.

    3. I was kind of ashamed of myself when I realized that I had never heard of the Bloody Benders, a family of con artists and murderers that would lure travelers on the Osage Trail into their store/inn, only to kill them. I first heard of them on the MY FAVORITE MURDER podcast, and the moment that episode was done I went looking for books on them. I didn't find much, but I did find HELL'S HALF-ACRE by Nicholas Nocastro. Feeling it was better than nothing, I requested it.In the 1870s in Kansas the Be [...]

    4. The Midwest’s most creative serial killers are not as well known as their modern counterparts, although they deserve to be. The Bloody Benders made their entrance in 1870 and, unlike your standard lone serial killer, were a family effort with division of responsibility and a sense of teamwork: Young Kate to lure the lonely traveler in to dinner, John Jr. to tend to horses, Ma to cook, and Pa to finish them off with a hammer. Hell’s Half-Acre sifts through the dirt where the bodies were burie [...]

    5. It was so bad I quit reading it a third of the way through. I know many others raves about it but it's just not my kind of book.

    6. This is a tough review for me. The last 20% of the book was quite good - the characters suddenly got real. I love historical fiction based on true crime stories. But I'm not sure what happened here, it's like the author forgot that in writing fiction based on true crime, you have the opportunity to get creative and really fill in the gaps history has failed to fill. It felt like the writer felt the need to just stick to the facts known from history, and consequently the characters are so flat fo [...]

    7. Sorry but this was a DNF for me. I think the combination of an unsavory topic with less than lyric prose (at least for me) made it a disappointment. Thanks, though, to Edelweiss for the Arc. I believe others will like it.

    8. I couldn't get through more than 30 pages of this book. I'm sure it's great, but I don't have a lot of patience for this kind of flowery language that requires every sentence to be deciphered in order to make sense of the story.

    9. This is a fictionalized version of the true story of the Bender's a family of thieves, grifters, and murders in Kansas in the 1800's. This book is gritty, gory, historical and a very interesting read. It is like no other book I have ever read. Quite an original story, although very bloody at times. It portrays the settlers of the Kansas territory and their lives in what seems a very real way. I was intrigued by the Benders , especially Kate and could not wait to see what happens to all of them. [...]

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