Novel Title: Quagmire
Time Setting: 1920
Genre: Historical Thriller
Minimum Word Goal: 120,000
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Main Character: Jesse "Hawkeye" Haden
The sixth child of twelve — eleven living — and second son of four, Hawkeye is a first-generation Irish American and the first of his siblings to be born in Chicago.
His father was a skilled carpenter — not that he discovered as much until they moved to Chicago, which was eighteen years later than would have pleased his wife — who was employed by one of Chicago's biggest builders.
His mother is a dedicated housewife and Irishwoman who embraces her Irish heritage as much as her husband endeavoured to hide his; along with being a devout Catholic and scorner of Protestants who religiously attends Mass.
Even though Hawkeye is the middle child and second son, he is the primary breadwinner for his family. This is because his father — being half English — felt a great motivation to go to the defence of his motherland in the First World War, during which he was killed.
Additionally, his older brother, barely a month before the First World War began, was killed, being as he'd gotten involved in the gangs which are proliferate in Chicago.
His four older sisters are married and do provide some aid, however, Hawkeye is a stubborn sort and determines to provide by himself, being as his mother refuses to use her seamstress skills for profit.
Hawkeye provides for his mother and younger siblings by working as a crime and courts reporter for the Chicago Tribune, and is by far the most unorthodox and daring reporter in the entire city, but then again, that comes from playing with fire.
The novel begins on November 1.