Bootlegger's Daughter (Deborah Knott Series #1)

Bootlegger's Daughter (Deborah Knott Series #1)

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by Margaret Maron
     
 

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This smart, sassy series introduces Deborah Knott, candidate for district judge—and daughter of an infamous bootlegger. Deborah's campaigning is interrupted when disturbing new evidence surrrounding a murder that has never been solved surfaces and she is implored to investigate.  See more details below

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This smart, sassy series introduces Deborah Knott, candidate for district judge—and daughter of an infamous bootlegger. Deborah's campaigning is interrupted when disturbing new evidence surrrounding a murder that has never been solved surfaces and she is implored to investigate.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Maron's ( Past Imperfect ) series launch introduces attorney Deborah Knott, the daughter of an infamous North Carolina bootlegger, in an atmospheric adventure mixing Southern politics and a mysterious killing`unsolved murder' in next sentence . While Deb campaigns for a district court judgeship, 18-year-old Gayle Whitehead asks her to investigate the unsolved murder of her mother, Janie, which took place when Gayle was an infant. The girl wants Deb, who knows the locals of Cotton Grove, to ask around and see if she can find clues the police might have missed. Deb visits Michael Vickery, the gay son of Cotton Grove's retired doctor and owner of the property where Janie's body was found. She discovers long-kept secrets, learning that Janie had a roving eye and that a lesbian friend and her lover had made overtures to Janie a week before the murder.sentence ok?see my revisions yes, fine But not until another death occurs does Deb begin to close in on the truth. Filled with good-ole-boy patter and detailed local color, the story flows smoothly, and if it lacks suspense, Maron's appealing characterizations and her knowing eye for family relationships more than compensate. Mystery Guild alternate; author tour. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446403238
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/28/1993
Series:
Deborah Knott Series, #1
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
156,090
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.88(d)

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.

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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 6 months 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.
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Pretty good story.
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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!
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