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Ron CharlesThis is Terrell's second novel, following a well-received debut in 2001 called The Huntsman , which also focused on Kansas City. With another novel this good, he'll put Kansas City on the literary map with Anne Tyler's Baltimore and William Kennedy's Albany. An immense amount of historical and financial research underpins The King of Kings County , and yet all that detail is gracefully integrated into a story that is essentially about fathers and sons, the way each generation creates or miscreates a home for the next one. By the time Jack finishes what begins as a stinging indictment of his father, he's making a quiet plea for his own forgiveness.
— The Washington Post