“In Palumbo’s riveting third Daniel Rinaldi mystery (after 2011’s FEVER DREAM), answers prove elusive as the murders begin to pile up. Palumbo ratchets up the stakes in this psychological thriller, but maintains the emotional complexity…” --- Publisher’s Weekly

Notable Authors, both past and present, who have called the Pittsburgh area home

Out of this Furnace” - Thomas Bell

Originally published in 1941, Bell’s most famous work became more famous when the University of Pittsburgh Press reprinted it in the 1970s. Since then, it has been a book on the syllabus of nearly every Pittsburgh-themed college class at Pitt. Bell wrote what he knew:  he was born in the Braddock neighborhood of Pittsburgh as a first-generation American and the son of Russian and Eastern European immigrants who went to work in the mills of Pittsburgh. His book chronicles the lives of three generations of a steel-working family from their first days of work up to their first efforts to form a union at the mill in the 1880s, and all the way through the continued struggle to unionize into the 1930s. Themes of immigration, classicism, racism, poverty and social injustice weave their way into the story that, at its core, is about a family’s struggle to survive in a new country. Pick up a copy at the University of Pittsburgh Book Center. 

A movie adaptation of the book is being filmed starring Christian Bale. Christian Bale will play the older, and somewhat wiser, brother of Casey Affleck ("Gone Baby Gone") in the upcoming high-profile drama ."  Shooting has just gotten underway in Pennsylvania.



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