After a tragic exile in England, Gale Grayson returns with her daughter to her southern roots, only to find eccentric relatives--and a decades-old scandal alive and well. They'd been talking about Gale's Aunt Linnie since 1925, when she was found hanging from a pecan tree. When Linnie's grandson is killed by a shotgun blast, it falls to Gale to sort out the truth--and that means she will have to dig deep into the town's darkest secrets--and her own painful past.
In 1925, in Statler's Cross, Ga., so the story goes, a young woman dressed her toddler in his finest clothes, locked him in his room and hanged herself on a pecan tree in her yard. Ever since, she's haunted the small town. And now her grandson, a local minister, is found with a bullet through his head, and the sheriff has to peel off the layers of Southern gentility to find the reason. It's a solid mystery, but even more satisfying is the author's stellar telling. Holbrook, a former journalist and talented writer, beautifully depicts a small Southern town, its proud inhabitants and its secrets.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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October 31, 1996
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