A newspaper peddler named Patrick Prendergast has delusions of his own greatness. He writes letters to the day's most powerful civic and religious leaders to offer advice and seek reassurance. Evidently slighted by a beloved mayor, this self-anointed messenger prepares for his glorious rise from ignored lobbyist to influential icon. His thoughts are those of a martyr serving a higher power with a noble purpose. His actions are those of a confused and isolated young man.
The Assassination of Chicago's Mayor is both a historical account of late 19th century Chicago and a harbinger of things to come. Prendergast echoes today's ideologues and follows their brand of righteousness to it's hateful end, an end where justice and revenge are one in the same.
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