This is an alternative historical account of the only man convicted in Buford Pusser's murder. It is the story of a period of time that although recent, seems distant in our memory. In many ways, it is as relevant now as it was then. Leonard Stephens is a young man born into the caste system of the agrarian South who volunteers for the United States Army almost as soon as Pearl Harbor is bombed. His bravery and exemplary service results in quick promotion through the army's ranks and he becomes heavily decorated for his actions. For a brief time he is recognized nationally for his heroic actions. He returns home to rural West Tennessee and nothing has changed, despite what he has done for his country. His attempt at supporting his family through honest means fail and he is forced to support them another way. Law enforcement officials throughout the country commonly look the other way when local men like Leonard are in control of criminal activity. They believe it will keep kingpins that are more dangerous away from their neighborhoods. However, the legendary Sheriff Buford Pusser refuses to look away and wants to take Leonard down, but winds up on the receiving end. Leonard finds redemption under the most unlikely circumstances. This is a story of a person's powerful transformation. Although primarily a book of crime fiction, the reader will go on a journey exploring timeless topics such as the problem of evil and the events surrounding World War II. The reader will also explore timely topics such as the effects of war on soldiers along with their family.
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About the Author
West Tennessee native, Danny Abbott, presents an alternative account of the events surrounding the death of Buford Pusser. Buford Pusser is perhaps the world's most famous law enforcement official, and also from the writer's region, and the circumstances surrounding his death are still debated. Danny Abbott successfuly accomplishes a difficult task of creating likeable characters without glorifying their criminal lifestyles. The writer currently lives in Nashville with his family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If I were to described this book in two words it would be compelling and laconic. I've never read a book in which a writer says more in fewer pages with so much depth, and no filler. The writer covers four decades, multiple historical events surrounding a World War and several characters who are three dimensional and completely believable. The book is anything but predictable and manages to surprise the reader constantly with turns noone could see coming. If the author had a marketing department he might make a best-seller's list. He just might off of word-of-mouth alone anyway if enough people give the book a chance. Perhaps most interestingly of all is the writer's ability to slip in social commentary which goes almost unnoticed given that it is a work of crime fiction.