Bootlegger's Daughter : Deborah Knott

  • by Margaret Maron
  • Narrated by C.J. Critt
  • Series: Deborah Knott
  • 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

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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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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- Veronica


This is book one in a series about attorney Deborah Knott, the daughter of an infamous North Carolina bootlegger. The book is supposed to mix a murder mystery and Southern politics together in a story. Knott is campaigning for a district court judgeship when an eighteen year old girl asks her to investigate the unsolved murder of her mother. This is a cold case as the murder took place about seventeen years ago. I learned a new expression in this story. The author used the term “yellow dog democrat”; I had never heard of this term before so looked it up. Apparently it came about as a term used in the South in the late 19th century, to refer to a person who voted the straight democratic ticket saying I would rather vote for a yellow dog than a republican. I also learned that yellow dog is a breed of dogs called Carolina dog that is indigenous to the Carolinas and not descended from Eurasian breeds.

Maron is building the characters for her series so the book seems to move slowly but flows smoothly. The book is well written but light on suspense. Some humor occurs with the battle with the good ole boys’ networks. The book won the Edgar award in 1992 and also won the Diys, Macovity and Anthony awards. This is the first book I have read by this author so I am in the process of getting to know her writing. C. J. Critt does a good job narrating the book.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2004
  • Publisher: Recorded Books