SOUTHERN CROSS by Stephen Greenleaf


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 Fresh from wrestling with bogus AIDS therapies in Blood Type (1991), John Marshall Tanner takes on a generation of race hatred when he flies to Charleston to help lawyer Seth Hartman, an old college roommate who's been getting death threats from a white supremacist cabal called the Alliance for Southern Pride. The pot boils over when Tanner finds that the ASP has links to Seth's son Colin, his fiancÇe Jane Jean Hendersen, and Monroe Morrison, a black legislator he's defending on bribery charges. The reasons for the threats go back to Seth's days on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, all right, but not at all for the reasons he suspects. Greenleaf has a knack for making familiar scenes memorable-- thanks to his keen sense of place and character (his people unfold as gracefully as poison flowers)--and sharpening them by the all-too- believable whiff of large-scale menace so typical of this fine series.

Pub Date: Nov. 23rd, 1993
ISBN: 0-688-12772-X
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1993


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