×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Bootlegger's Daughter (Deborah Knott Series #1)
     

Bootlegger's Daughter (Deborah Knott Series #1)

3.9 12
by Margaret Maron
 

See All Formats & Editions

Deborah Knott was expected to be a conventional little girl and eventually a conventional woman, worshipped on a pedestal by a conventional husband.

Instead, she became an attorney, infiltrating the old boy network that still rules the tobacco country of Colleton County, North Carolina. Some say her success is a sign of the New South, but no one knows better

Overview

Deborah Knott was expected to be a conventional little girl and eventually a conventional woman, worshipped on a pedestal by a conventional husband.

Instead, she became an attorney, infiltrating the old boy network that still rules the tobacco country of Colleton County, North Carolina. Some say her success is a sign of the New South, but no one knows better than she the power of the past--her family's long history in the area is a major asset in her campaign for district judge. Then again, as the strong-willed daughter of Kezzie Knott--notorious bootlegger, ex-con, and political string-puller--history is also one of her greatest problems.

But it's an episode from the more recent past that threatens to derail her campaign. As a teen, Deborah used to babysit little Gayle Whitehead for her mother, Janie. One rainy spring day eighteen years ago, both mother and daughter disappeared. When they were found three days later Gayle was dehydrated, dirty, and hungry...and Janie was dead. The unsolved murder became a local legend and an enigma that continues to haunt Gayle, who now begs Deborah to investigate.

With no real faith in her investigative skills, Deborah asks a variety of questions on her campaign tour of the county's rallies--and soon her attention is distracted from the hurly-burly of politics by troubling new evidence. Deborah now faces the realization that the disadvantages of being the single female candidate in a southern judgeship race, and even the disadvantages of being Kezzie Knott's daughter, are nothing in comparison to posing a threat to a successful murderer...

Winner of the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity awards for Best Novel, "Bootlegger's Daughter" was the first full-length novel featuring Deborah Knott.

(Cover graphic by Blue Moon Graphics)

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014767521
Publisher:
Maron & Company
Publication date:
06/12/2012
Series:
Deborah Knott Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
44,298
File size:
307 KB

Meet the Author

Born and bred in North Carolina where the piedmont meets the sandhills, I grew up on a modest two-mule tobacco farm that has been in the family for over a hundred years. Tobacco is no longer grown on the farm, but the memories linger — the singing, the laughter, the gossip that went on at the bench as those rank green leaves came from the field, the bliss of an icy cold drink bottle pressed to a hot sweaty face, getting up at dawn to help “take out” a barn, the sweet smell of soft golden leaves as they’re being readied for auction. Working in tobacco is one of those life experiences I’m glad to have had. I’m even gladder that it’s something I’ll never have to do again.

After high school came two years of college until a summer job at the Pentagon led to marriage, a tour of duty in Italy, then several years in my husband’s native Brooklyn. I had always loved writing and for the first few years, wrote nothing but short stories and very bad poetry. (The legendary Ruth Cavin of St. Martin’s Press once characterized my verses as “doggerel. But inspired doggerel.”)

Eventually, I backed into writing novels about NYPD Lt. Sigrid Harald, mysteries set against the New York City art world. But love of my native state and a desire to write out of current experiences led to the creation of District Court Judge Deborah Knott, the opinionated daughter of a crusty old ex-bootlegger and youngest sibling of eleven older brothers. (I was one of only three, so no, I’m not writing about my own family.)

We’ve been back on a corner of the family land for many years now. My city-born husband discovered he prefers goldfinches, rabbits, and the occasional quiet deer to yellow cabs, concrete, and a city that never sleeps. A son, a daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters are icing on our cake.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Bootlegger's Daughter 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
John_Claude More than 1 year ago
Excellent debut book in an excellent series! I've read all the books in the Deborah Knott series (and her Sigrid Harald series). Maron is an excellent observer of the changes occurring in the New South. Her characters are rich and multi-dimensional and her sense of place is spot-on! Very highly recommended, as is her entire series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well thought out characters wit an interesting plot line. The protagonist, a lawyer, Deborah Knott, has a unique background and plentiful relatives and strong friendships. She has a good head on her shoulders and strong professional ethics. The murderer was a real surprise until the end. Deborah's southern roots come in loud and clear and the Christian references, while clear, were muted and not preachy. The protagonist and other peripheral characters were so interesting that I'm going to continue reading more books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great because the story is different than the standard first mystery in a series and it makes you want to read the next book. Even though these books have been out for a while, I just discovered Margaret Maron and am enjoying reading through the Deborah Knott series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was my first book by this author -- totally impressed -- fast and funny and suspensfull -- excellent writing. Will be on the lookout for more of her work. Recommend to ALL that like decent fine mysteries without a lot of trashy language and sex.
Marged04 More than 1 year ago
I had a difficult time at first with this book because the characters were all new to me. I had never read any of Ms. Marons' books. After a brief struggle, I got into the book and it was a rather good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BethAnneNC More than 1 year ago
The first book in the Deborah Knott Series - learn about Deborah Knott and the "life road" she has travelled and how that road has affected her. The author has done an excellent job of letting you "feel what Deborah feels". An excellent read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago