Bloody Kin

Bloody Kin

by Margaret Maron

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Bloody Kin by Margaret Maron

After three critically acclaimed mysteries set against the art world of New York, Margaret Maron turned to her family farm in North Carolina for the setting for Bloody Kin. Considered a prequel to her Judge Deborah Knott series, it introduces many of the "Colleton County" characters that readers have come to know and love in the later books. Readers familiar with the series will be amused to meet Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant before his life became irrevocably entangled with the judge's. The Indianapolis News said, "More than just a mystery; it is a portrait of a place," and the Houston Chronicle agreed: "Dramatic and satisfying . . . So rich in detail and description of the new South that you can almost hear the North Carolina twang and taste the barbecue."

Cover design by Paper Moon Graphics.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012383112
Publisher: Maron & Company
Publication date: 08/11/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 153,253
File size: 180 KB

About 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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Bloody Kin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Somanybooks--solittletime More than 1 year ago
If you want some of the back story on Dwight before Deborah, this is the story for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago