The grave on the football field is shallow, and easy to spot from a distance. It would have been found sooner, had most of the residents in the black half of Birmingham not been downtown, marching, singing, and being arrested alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. Police detective Ben Wellman is among them when he gets the call about the fresh grave.
Under the loosely packed dirt, he finds a young black girl, her innocence taken and her life along with it. His sergeant orders Wellman to investigate, but instructs him not to try too hard. In the summer of 1963, Birmingham is tense enough without a manhunt for the killers of a black child. Wellman digs for the truth in spite of skepticism from the black community and scorn from his fellow officers. What he finds is a secret that men from both sides of town would prefer stayed buried.
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A dramatic new look behind a moment in history
It's fast-paced, complex, and imaginative: a vivid look at people from many backgrounds caught up in the events of civil-rights-era Birmingham.
Each character has a specific point of view - intensely three-dimensional, unpredictable. The way all events draw to an unexpected conclusion kept me focused on the story from start to finish.
Very intense and compelling. Fosters explores nuances of personality, accent, attitude and background that give most of the characters a sense of dimension.
Nobody cared why a little girl was murdered. Now one man will discover the truth... a truth that could change history.
Well done, Mr. Cook and Mr. Foster.