The team of Margaret Maron and Judge Deborah Knott return for their third case, involving commercial fishermen, sportsmen and real estate developers; a case which ends up not only in court, but in murder.The team of Margaret Maron and Judge Deborah Knott return for their third case, involving commercial fishermen, sportsmen and real estate developers; a case which ends up not only in court, but in murder.Read Less
This book has captured the daily life of the inhabitants of the Beaufort /Outer Banks region using their dialect and specific locations in the area and Maron has added a darn good mystery to boot! The book is a great read for southern culture of this region and the mystery keeps the reader guessing up to the very end. There are so many suspects that the real killer is quite a surprise!
Publishers Weekly, 1994-05-02 North Carolina Judge Deborah Knott, introduced in the multiple award-winning Bootlegger's Daughter , returns in her third adventure in as many years. Maron constructs a tight mystery, peoples it with an original cast and powerfully evokes her Outer Banks setting, but dry issues of civil law drag at the narrative. Deborah, filling in for an ailing judge at the Carteret County courthouse, stays in her cousin's waterside cottage and, while clamming, finds the body of the president of the Independent Fishers Alliance, shot in the chest. The murder quickly involves her in local conflicts among commercial fishermen, upstate sportsmen, land developers and conservationists. Real estate mogul Linville Pope, with an eye on the half-billion-dollar tourist industry, wants to buy the Neville Fishery property owned by the wife of a local judge. When Pope turns up dead, dressed in the colors of the endangered loon, suspects range from the judge, whose hands might be dirty, to a crusty islander who is--illegally--building a boat on Pope's property. Deborah discovers corpses, reads dull files for clues and falls for a local cop, but she doesn't determine the killer until she's looking down the barrel of a .22 rifle. In this drama, she's more a passive participant than a catalyst. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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