The author of numerous works of historical nonfiction, John Milliken
Thompson put his extensive researching skills to good use when penning his
critically acclaimed first novel, The Reservoir. Based on real
events in 1885 Virginia, Thompson’s story is gripping.
On an early spring morning in Richmond, Virginia, in the year 1885, a
young pregnant woman is found floating in the city reservoir. It appears that
she has committed suicide, but there are curious clues at the scene that
suggest foul play. The case attracts local attention, and an eccentric group of
men collaborate to solve the crime. Detective Jack Wren lurks in the shadows,
weaseling his way into the investigation and intimidating witnesses. Policeman
Daniel Cincinnatus Richardson, on the brink of retirement, catches the case and
relentlessly pursues it to its sorrowful conclusion. As the identity of the
girl, Lillie, is revealed, her dark family history comes to light, and the
investigation focuses on her tumultuous affair with Tommie Cluverius.
Tommie, an ambitious young lawyer, is the pride and joy of his family and the
polar opposite of his brother Willie, a quiet, humble farmer. Though both men
loved Lillie, it’s Tommie’s reckless affair that thrusts his family into the
spotlight. With Lillie dead, Willie must decide how far to trust Tommie, and
whether he ever understood him at all. Told through accumulating revelations,
Tommie’s story finally ends in a riveting courtroom climax.
Based on a true
story, The Reservoir centers on a guilty and passionate love
triangle composed of two very different brothers and one young, naive girl
hiding an unspeakable secret. A novel of lust, betrayal, justice, and revenge, The
Reservoir ultimately probes the question of whether we can really know
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