Street-smart and straightforward police chief Cuddy Mangum and his refined homicide detective Justin Savile V are determined to keep their town's cultural, political and racial divisions stable...even peaceful. But when a young black activist is murdered while in the process of fighting for his brother's freedom from death row, the lines keeping Hillston, North Carolina, in balance start to crumble.
Thrust into a dirty political campaign and torn between his morals and his love for the wealthy and beautiful wife of an up-and-coming politician, Cuddy must uncover the secrets that lie in his own backyard.
From high-powered and elegant country club ballrooms to dark and dangerous bar room corners, Malone weaves a mystery of plot and place where the difference between good and evil and right and wrong sometimes become indistinct.
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About the Author
Michael Malone is the author of ten novels, a collection of short stories and two works of nonfiction. Educated at Carolina and at Harvard, he is now a professor in Theater Studies at Duke University. Among his prizes are the Edgar, the O. Henry, the Writers Guild Award, and the Emmy. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with his wife.
Hometown:Hillsborough, North Carolina
Place of Birth:Durham, North Carolina
Education:B.A., Syracuse University; Ph.D. in English, Harvard University
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Michael Malone is the literate and compassionate voice of the new American South. Critically acclaimed as one of the country's finest writers, his great gift for crafting remarkable and enduring comedies, as he did in Handling Sin, Dingley Falls and Foolscap, is matched only by his ability to deliver riveting suspense and mystery. Now, after a long absence, Michael Malone has returned to the scene of the crime. He has also come home to the South. He now lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with his wife, Maureen Quilligan, chair of the English department at Duke University.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is one of the most chilling books I have ever read about the death penalty and its links to class and race, especially in the South. Malone is great writer. The novel moves very quickly through a complicated plot. The characters are wonderful. Cuddy is one of those police chiefs we wish existed everywhere: thoughtful, balanced, and fair. The other characters, especially Isaac Rosethorn and Justin Saville, are equally fascinating. Malone really knows and understands the complexity of the South.
This is an exceptional thriller. The characters are engaging. The plot unfolds at the perfect pace.