Deborah's Judgment: A Deborah Knott Short Story [NOOK Book]

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Originally published in “A Woman’s Eye,” edited by Sara Paretsky (1991) and republished in “Shoveling Smoke: Selected Mystery Stories by Margaret Maron”, Crippen & Landru (1997).

"When I first began to contemplate a new series, Sara Paretsky asked if I’d contribute a story to her anthology. I’d had the germ of this plot for years but could never seem to bring it into focus. It wasn’t a Sigrid Harald situation, but what if I gave it to a ...
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Deborah's Judgment: A Deborah Knott Short Story

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Overview

Originally published in “A Woman’s Eye,” edited by Sara Paretsky (1991) and republished in “Shoveling Smoke: Selected Mystery Stories by Margaret Maron”, Crippen & Landru (1997).

"When I first began to contemplate a new series, Sara Paretsky asked if I’d contribute a story to her anthology. I’d had the germ of this plot for years but could never seem to bring it into focus. It wasn’t a Sigrid Harald situation, but what if I gave it to a young Southern attorney? Or what if it were a district court judge? Or an attorney running for judge? Before I knew it, Deborah Knott strolled into my head and began telling this story. I shall always be grateful to Sara for giving me a chance to “test-drive” Deborah’s first-person voice before tackling Bootlegger’s Daughter."

(Cover design: Andrea Maron)
(Cover graphic: © 2012 Joe Maron)
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013670792
  • Publisher: Maron & Company
  • Publication date: 1/22/2012
  • Series: Deborah Knott Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 93,513
  • File size: 24 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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Stars based on story not price

    Typical Margaret Maron story so of course I loved it! Even though I would buy it again just because of the author, but if you haven't read her, pick a full length story in the Deborah Knott series.

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

    Really good, well-crafted

    If you're a fan of the Deborah Knott series, or of Ms Maron's other work, or just enjoy good characters with some mystery these are terrific. The author shows herself to be as skilled with short stories as she is with novel length works: characters you'd want to meet and visit with and stories that are a good blend of mystery and "well told tales".

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    Deborah Knott does it again

    Margaret Maron and Deborah Knott are as good in short stories as in full length books. She always makes you not want to finish, because you have to wait so long for the next one.

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