About the Author
Tracy Matthew Melton writes and teaches nineteenth-century urban history. He resides with his wife and three children in Oakton, Virginia.
"Melton has written a book full of incident, with a smashing and unexpected O. Henry ending."—Baltimore Sun
"In an engrossing book that reads like a novel, Melton captures a notorious era in Baltimore history."—Jean H. Baker, author of Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography