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Publisher's Summary

With a steamy Southern plot and a sassy new heroine, this Edgar Award-winning novel debuts an exceptional new series. Attorney Deborah Knott is North Carolina's answer to V.I. Warshawski, a legal sleuth with a knack for sniffing out the most baffling crimes. Deborah has just done the unthinkable: entered the heated race for judge of old-boy-ruled Colleton County. The only female candidate, she's busy reeling in voters and giving campaign speeches. There couldn't be a worse time for Gayle Whitehead to beg Deborah to investigate the 18-year-old unsolved murder of Gayle's mother, Janie. Gayle wants the busy attorney to poke around for any new clues the police may have missed all these years. Unlikely, thinks Deborah; until she discovers that not all the details of Janie's case made it out of confidential police files. Filled with the patter of Southern voices and populated with a cast of colorful characters, Bootlegger's Daughter expertly unwinds a funny, cunningly-crafted tale of mystery and deceit in North Carolina's backwoods.
Don't miss the other books in the Deborah Knott mystery series.
©1992 Margaret Maron
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Critic Reviews

Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner, Best Novel, 1993
"Filled with good-ole-boy pitter patter and detailed local color, the story flows smoothly." (Publishers Weekly)
"A fine start to a promising new series." (Kirkus Reviews)
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5 out of 5 stars
By vmom on 06-25-04

Excellent -book

This book is a great read or listen, which ever your preference. It is the first in the series that I listened too, and it got me hooked. I love Judge Deborah Knot series and highly recommend them. While it is true there is a lot going on, it is all connected and well written that I kept finding myself going "Ah ha!" as I put the pieces together. Great for anyone who loves a good tale and likes getting lost in the story!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Debora on 07-08-04

Good read

I enjoyed this, the first of the Deborah Knott series of books by Margaret Maron. She writes about where she is from, and she obviously knows well the people and the area. Ms. Maron weaves an enjoyable story combining a mystery with tales of the people of the south. Her characters are likeable and colorful. I look forward to reading more of the series and meeting more of Deborah Knott's family and friends.

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