Water Street

Liverpool 1863. The American Civil War comes to the British Empire’s second city and the world’s richest port.

Confederate Commander Banastre X. Dunwoody has a plan to turn the conflict by securing advanced warships, but the U.S. Government is one step ahead of him. It seeks to sabotage his efforts through its covert agent – Harriet Dunwoody – Banastre’s heavily pregnant wife.

Alongside her undercover partner Conté, Harriet discovers that Banastre has plans to do more than building ships; he has a scheme that could very well draw Britain into the war.

As Gettysburg looms, an ocean away there’s another battle to be won and lost. The fate of the USA and the City of Liverpool rests upon it.


For readers of The Killer Angels, Andersonville and Cold Mountain comes a spy yarn with Western notes set in Victorian England, the last place you’d expect to see shootouts and the blue uniforms of the US Cavalry.

Between 1847 and 1863, Liverpool’s population exploded as a result of the Irish Famine and it became the lynchpin of international trade, including slavery. Water Street chronicles people who were at the centre of both seismic events – tragic and deliberate – in equal measures.


Written by JP Maxwell

Due July 1st 2023

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Book Categories: Fiction.