Dugan is up for election for his third term, an expected shoo-in for the popular sheriff, and because no one was hurt in the shooting, he is strongly urged to simply list the investigation as �pending,� and let it drop. But the outrage of the family whose lives were threatened and car wrecked, their demand for fair treatment, and their courage, forces Dugan to confront his own antipathy to the class structure of the society in which he grew up, as well as the core of his own beliefs about law and human dignity. Against his professional and political instincts, he chooses to pursue the investigation.
What follows is a journey through the intricacies of law enforcement and the courts of a rich, passionate culture struggling to channel its own violent proclivities, and to assert the dignity of its parts and their right to exist.
The Blackstone Commentaries gets past race and recognizes that the true problem of Southern history is the unequal distribution of power, the unequalapplication of law, the hangover of the old aristocracy that ran the South for so long. It spotlights the connection between that inequality and the lawlessness and violence that continue to plague the South.
John R. Riggin graduated from Haverford College, served as a medic during the Vietnam War, attended graduate school at Vanderbilt University, worked as a small-town police officer, newspaper reporter and editor, and television producer. His war novel, Free Fire Zone, was published by W.W. Norton & Co. in 1984. He lives in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts