Bootlegger's Daughter

Bootlegger's Daughter

Large Print - 2000
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Deborah Knott, an attorney and the daughter of an infamous North Carolina bootlegger, is known for her knowledge of the region's past and popular with the locals, Deb is asked by 18-year-old Gayle Whitehead to investigate the unsolved murder of her mother Janie, who died when Gayle was an infant. While visiting the owner of the property where Janie's body was found, Deb learns of Janie's more-than-promiscuous past. Piecing together lost clues and buried secrets Deb is introduced to Janie's darker side, but it's not until another murder occurs that she uncovers the truth.
Publisher: Thorndike, ME : Thorndike Press, 2000
ISBN: 9780786223275
Characteristics: 426 p. ; 23 cm


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May 03, 2018

Brought in Daddy too late in the narrative but the flow was good. Nasty folks there "down South" with a lot of axes grinding. Still the same today there is just a certain atmosphere that anyone not from there will get that creepy feeling when they stop in one of those small southern towns. The author is obviously "from there" and captures that feeling. A bit too much detail occasionally but she will improve I am sure.

BOOK CLUBS Oct 25, 2017

Great book- Comment from Omaha area book club.

Jul 19, 2013

This is the first Deborah Knott book, and you learn how Deborah becomes a judge. I love her large family and how her father always knows what is going on in the county. In this first book, you meet the characters that continue through the other books which include her large family of brothers, their wives, and children. In this novel, Deborah, looks into an old murder with a surprising ending. My only complaint is the poor editing. I found many grammar errors and this why it didn't get more stars.

WVMLStaffPicks Jun 09, 2013

An Edgar Award winning first novel in a current and long-running series, Bootlegger’s Daughter introduces attorney Deborah Knott as she embarks on a run for district judge in Colleton County, North Carolina. Not just for mystery readers; wry wit, local colour, family relationships, issues of ethics, race and sexuality feature in this beautifully descriptive Southern novel.

Feb 22, 2009

What a fantastic series beginning. Fortunately, I discovered this series several years after this book was published so that I didn't have to wait for the second book! The stories are well written and Deborah is a compelling character. Southern hospitality and the chaos that often exists in a large family add realism and humour to Deborah's life as a judge in a small town. I recommend the whole series but this first book is still my favourite.


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