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.

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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.

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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:
120,385
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

MARGARET MARON grew up in the country near Raleigh, North Carolina, but for many years lived in Brooklyn, New York. When she and her artist husband returned to the farm that had been in her family for a hundred years, she began a series based on her own background. The first book, Bootlegger's Daughter, became a Washington Post bestseller that swept the major mystery awards for its year-winning the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards for Best Novel-and is among the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Later Deborah Knott novels Up Jumps the Devil, Storm Track, and Three-Day Town each also won the Agatha Award for Best Novel. Margaret is also the author of the Sigrid Harald series of detective novels. In 2008, Maron received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest civilian honor the state bestows on its authors. And in 2013, the Mystery Writers of America celebrated Maron's contributions to the mystery genre by naming her a Grand Master-an honor first bestowed on Agatha Christie. To find out more about her, you can visit MargaretMaron.com.

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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 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.
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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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