Books by Michael Malone

THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE SKY by Michael Malone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2009

"Secrets and intrigues among the honeysuckle: a sun-washed yarn of the New South, affectionately told."
A long but satisfying tale of crime and death foretold that blends hints of The Great Santini, Top Gun and Fried Green Tomatoes with copious draughts of Shakespeare. Read full book review >
THE KILLING CLUB by Marcie Walsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"OLTL's producers promise to spin the tale of Marcie Walsh's authorship and its eerie complications over a whole year of the series. It's a gimmick that sounds more ingenious than any of the warmed-over devices on display here."
In what's got to be a first for a fictional character, Walsh, the police station receptionist on One Life to Live, has "collaborated" with OLTL head writer Malone (The Last Noel, 2002, etc.) on a mystery published in the world outside the realm of daytime drama. Read full book review >
THE LAST NOEL by Michael Malone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A quietly moving tale of people formed and trapped by history and locale, told with an authentic taste for the region."
The latest southern saga from Malone (Red Clay, Blue Cadillac, 2002, etc.) reaches across 40 years in the lives of two childhood friends who see each other mainly at Christmas. Read full book review >
FIRST LADY by Michael Malone
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 2001

"Start buffing up those awards now."
It's taken Malone a dozen years (Times Witness, 1989) to return to Hillston, North Carolina, and its chief of police, curmudgeonly savant Cudberth (Cuddy) Mangum, and its homicide chief, echt aristocratic southerner Justin B.Savile V—but the excruciatingly long writing time has resulted in an award-caliber tale of murder, despair, and backroom deals. Read full book review >
RED CLAY, BLUE CADILLAC by Michael Malone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"These thematically interwoven tales of 12 southern women end up giving a penetrating look into the values and mores of the New South."
Veteran novelist Malone offers a heady mix of love, marriage, and murder in a dozen southern-themed stories old and new. Read full book review >
FOOLSCAP by Michael Malone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 1991

"Even looser-limbed than Handling Sin (1986)—the logic of Theo's mad dash to freedom won't always stand scrutiny—but thickly planted with hilarious grotesques and gorgeous comic episodes that make scrutiny your least likely reaction."
A high-spirited romp through the lower depths of academe, as repressed theatrical scion/drama prof Theodore Ryan— taking inspiration from his sozzled friend Joshua ``Ford'' Rexford, the distinguished playwright whose biography Theo is writing—seizes the day and finds a daring, joyous, illegal way to get his own play on the boards. Read full book review >
TIME'S WITNESS by Michael Malone
Released: April 18, 1989

Cudberth Mangum—the outspoken and improbably literate redneck North Carolina police chief who played Watson to Justin Saville's aristocratic detective in Uncivil Seasons (1983)—takes center stage as the narrator-hero of this wonderfully amusing story of murder, racism, and political corruption. Read full book review >