Storm Track (Deborah Knott Series #7)

Storm Track (Deborah Knott Series #7)

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Overview

Judge Deborah Knott blows the lid off a murder investigation with gale force winds in this newest entry in the award-winning series. As Hurricane Fran strikes the North Carolina coast, Judge Knott seeks clues to a motel murder and a determined killer finds a perfect time to strike again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780788748660
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 10/28/2000
Series: Deborah Knott Series , #7
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 2.75(h) x 6.30(d)

About the Author

Award-winning and bestselling mystery author Margaret Maron is best known for her Deborah Knott series, set in Maron’s native North Carolina, and the Sigrid Harald series featuring an NYPD detective. Her first novel starring Judge Deborah Knott, Bootlegger’s Daughter, was critically acclaimed and won a slew of awards (the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards for Best Novel). In 2008, Maron received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest civilian honor the state bestows on its authors

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Storm Track 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
7th in the Judge Deborah Knott series set in North Carolina.It¿s hurricane season, and the residents of Colleton County are nervously preparing for a potentially damaging storm. One, however¿Stan Freeman, son of the black minister, Revered Ralph Freeman, whom we¿ve met in Home Fires, is hoping that a Big One will land so that he can track it for his science project. he gets his wish with Hurricane Fran.Meantime, life goes on as usual, and suddenly the community is presented with the murder of a wife who has long been known for her extra-marital activities. Another murder occurs, and as the monster storm Hurricane Fran approaches land, Deborah and her family are involved in a dramatic nighttime rescue of Freeman¿s wife.Racial wariness also makes an appearance in this story, with an insight on how hostility towards whites still plays out in the black community.This is an exciting story, well told by Maron who writes from her own experience with Hurricane Fran in 2002. She expertly weaves a simple but sturdy plot with the storm¿s approach to provide a very effective combination. Her description of Fran¿s aftermath is by now familiar to us, after the devastation of Katrina and the hurricane season of 2008 and its effects on Galveston in particular.After stories set in other locales, Maron returns with her comfortable stable of recurring characters, including Deborah¿s vast family, and friends such as Portland and Avery Brewer. As usual, she captures the rhythm and idiosyncracies of North Carolina speech perfectly, lending an easy, fluid style to her narration; her dialogue is especially good. She excels in wryly funny overheard conversation.One of the best in the series. Highly recommended.
siubhank on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eleven year-old Stan Freeman is tracking hurricanes for his sixth grade science project, secretly hoping a big one will come. It looks like he will get his wish, Hurricane Fran is growing and coming and she's foreshadowing the storm brewing in the mind of a killer, and like the hurricane, the townsfolk are in his path.Judge Deborah Knott, youngest of 12 children-- and the only girl--has romance on her mind , until the body of Lynn Bullock is found in the Orchid Motel, wearing black lace underwear. Suspects include several local men as well as the deceased's attorney husband, Jason, and Deborah's womanizing cousin Reid Stephenson. But Deborah saw all of these men playing softball at the time of themurder. The judge helps to investigate the crime but time is running out as thehurricane's and the killer's rage builds.Margaret Maron immerses the reader in the down-home, inbred world of the rural South, where intertwined family histories are common knowledge and some old-timers, like Deborah's unrepentant bootlegger father, still live by obsolete customs. One of Maron's many skills is her ability to weave into her story the social changes coming to this region with the speed of that hurricane.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it; it was complex, & exciting! It was a great read!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Hurricane Fran is heading north towards Colleton County, North Carolina, leaving citizens concerned with its potential impact. However, before the storm hits, someone kills Lynn Bullock, wife of an attorney. Better known by most of the locals as The Tramp, Lynn was found dead in a motel room.

Any number of males including the victim¿s spouse could be the killer. However, law enforcement officials suspect Reid Stephenson committed the crime. Reid¿s cousin Judge Deborah Knott knows that her beloved relative did not murder Lynn. To prove his innocence, Deborah begins her own investigation, but not before a second brutal killing occurs. As events spiral out of control, the hurricane arrives to cause even more havoc.

In spite of the raging storm and series of murders, the latest Judge Knott tale is more of a character piece that deeply looks into the social behavior and interrelationships of various protagonists, especially the extended ¿Knott¿ clan. Though the who-done-it is straightforward, the plot remains entertaining as the audience gains insight into Judge Knott and kin. Margaret Maron has another triumphant relationship mystery that will send new fans seeking other Judge Knott novels and the author¿s wonderful Sigrid Harald books.

Harriet Klausner