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MARGARET MARON grew up in the country near Raleigh, North Carolina, but for many years lived in Brooklyn, New York. When she and her artist husband returned to the farm that had been in her family for a hundred years, she began a series based on her own background. The first book, Bootlegger's Daughter, became a Washington Post bestseller that swept the major mystery awards for its year-winning the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards for Best Novel-and is among the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Later Deborah Knott novels Up Jumps the Devil, Storm Track, and Three-Day Town each also won the Agatha Award for Best Novel. Margaret is also the author of the Sigrid Harald series of detective novels. In 2008, Maron received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest civilian honor the state bestows on its authors. And in 2013, the Mystery Writers of America celebrated Maron's contributions to the mystery genre by naming her a Grand Master-an honor first bestowed on Agatha Christie. To find out more about her, you can visit


Judge Deborah Knott (Rituals of the Season) and Chief Deputy Sheriff Dwight Bryant have been married for a month when Dwight gets a call from his eight-year-old son Cal, who wants Dwight to come to Shaysville, VA, where he lives with his mom. Upon arrival, Dwight discovers that his ex-wife has not been home since the previous morning and young Cal has been left alone. Then Cal disappears; a neighbor reports seeing him leave with his mother. Meanwhile at home in Colleton County, NC, Dwight's detective team is investigating the sniper shooting death of one of the county's bad boys. In her 12th Deborah Knott mystery, Maron continues to display her storytelling skills with well-rounded characters, an intriguing plot, and a strong sense of place. Maron's books are more serious than fellow Southerner Joan Hess's Maggody series. Readers who enjoy mysteries that depict strong female characters in positions of power may also want to check out J.A. Jance's latest Joanna Brady mystery, reviewed above. Strongly recommended for all collections. Maron lives near Raleigh, NC. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 4/1/06.] Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Whoever shot J.D. Rouse dead in his pickup truck gives "taking out the trash" a whole new meaning at the start of Maron's outstanding 12th Deborah Knott mystery. Judge Deborah Knott and her new husband, Colleton County, N.C., chief deputy Dwight Bryant, are soon embroiled in the murder investigation. Then Dwight's eight-year-old son, Cal, who lives with his mother, Jonna, in Shaysville, Va., phones late one winter night to report that Jonna hasn't come home. Early the next morning, Dwight drives to Virginia, where Jonna reappears but later both she and Cal disappear. Meanwhile, in Colleton County, the hunt for J.D.'s killer leads to further fatalities. As the body count and suspense mount, the unflappable Deborah joins Dwight in the hunt for his missing son. And just when you think matters couldn't get worse, they most certainly do. Maron brilliantly connects the unconnected, hides one killer in plain sight and tucks another into a most unexpected position. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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