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Chapter 1: Shotgun Cheatham's Last Night Above Ground.

In the book, the narrator, Joey Dowdel, tells stories about his childhood, summer adventures at his grandmother's.

In the summer of 1929, Joey is nine, while his sister, Mary Alice, is seven. They lament that they have never seen a dead body before, which is unusual since they live in Chicago during the era of Al Capone and Bugs Moran. Instead, Joey remembers that they had to travel to St. Louis, where their grandmother lived, in order to see a 'stiff.' He relates that he felt happy to be traveling by train to their grandmother's house.

Mary Alice, on the other hand, isn't too enthusiastic about staying at their grandmother's. She frets that there is never anything interesting to do there. However, things change when a supposed Civil War hero by the name of Shotgun Cheatham dies in St. Louis. Joey and Mary Alice soon spread the rumor that a reporter has been asking around about Cheatham. When they tell their grandma about the reporter,...

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