A Legacy of Vengeance (A Grover Bramlet Mystery)

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A Legacy of Vengeance combines the freshness and passion of a deeply felt first novel with the authentic detail and sure plotting of a mature craftsman. John Armistead knows well what he writes about. And in Sheriff Grover Bramlett he has created a character fans will look forward to reading about again and again. The stillness of the Mississippi hill country is suddenly disturbed by an explosion of madness. Four men - a preacher, a lawyer, an auto mechanic, and an insurance salesman - are killed by someone who ...
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Overview

A Legacy of Vengeance combines the freshness and passion of a deeply felt first novel with the authentic detail and sure plotting of a mature craftsman. John Armistead knows well what he writes about. And in Sheriff Grover Bramlett he has created a character fans will look forward to reading about again and again. The stillness of the Mississippi hill country is suddenly disturbed by an explosion of madness. Four men - a preacher, a lawyer, an auto mechanic, and an insurance salesman - are killed by someone who drives a 1960-ish white Pontiac. Sheriff Bramlett embarks on an investigation which hurls him backward in time to the long hot summers thirty years before. It was a time of night-riders and church burnings, of civil rights workers and Klansmen. Bramlett is convinced that the killings are a vestige of that difficult period but has no idea who is ordering them or carrying them out. The years of peace between the black and white communities are at once strained as old wounds gape open. Old Klansmen run for cover and former civil rights workers scramble in their closets for shotguns. As Sheriff Bramlett wades ever deeper into the darkness of the past, he comes to realize that both he and his wife are on the killer's hit list. A vengeance is stalking him which will not rest until the whole state is bathed in blood. A Legacy of Vengeance comes from the pen of a natural storyteller. John Armistead is a new mystery writer with a big future.
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Generation-old wounds from a time of nationwide social upheaval inspire a series of bloody revenge murders in this uninspired debut set in rural Mississippi. When Reverend Richard Hatchett is gunned down in front of his Baptist church one Sunday evening, Chakchiuma County Sheriff Grover Bramlett begins his search for a mysterious killer who will murder several more local men, with only the phrase, ``Remember Leavenworth'' and the appearance of a 1960s-model white Pontiac given in warning. Bramlett's two trusted deputies--one white, whose father was rumored to have had KKK ties; one black, whose father was a civil rights activist--gain troubling insights into the case by probing their respective family histories. Then Bramlett realizes he too may be on the murderer's list. Armistead's characters are one-dimensional and his plot alternates between the predictable and the incredible, yet he has a knack for brisk pacing and his story, while unsurprising, never flags. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440223849
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/9/1997
  • Series: Sheriff Brimley Mystery Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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