Friday, March 23, 2007

Bootlegger's Daughter

The Bootlegger's Daughter is the narrator and main character in this book by Margaret Maron. Winner of the Edgar Award in 1993, it also won the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award and the Macavity Award, making it one of the most-awarded novels in the genre. It is also on the list of 100 Favorite Mysteries of the 20th Century as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's online members. I wasn't that impressed, but it was an enjoyable novel. There are at least 10 more in this series with this book being the first. The only other one I've read is Up Jumps the Devil.

From the back of the book:

Unconventional, still unwed (at the ripe old age of 34) North Carolina attorney Deborah Knott has done the unthinkable: tossed her hat into the heated race for district judge of the old boy-ruled Colleton County. The only female candidate, she's busy defending indigent clients and reeling in voters. Then suddenly, the young daughter of Janie Whitehead begs her to help solve Janie's senseless, never-solved, eighteen-year-old murder. Deborah takes on the case; following twisted, typically Southern bloodlines, turning up dangerous, decades-old secrets, and inspiring someone to go on an all-out campaign to derail her future- political and otherwise. But it will take more than sleazy smear tactics to scare this determined steel magnolia off the scent of down-home deceit...even in a town where a cool slug of moonshine made by Deborah's father can go down just as smoothly as a cold case of triple murder.

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