A DEATH IN BULLOCH PARISH by Nat Brandt

A DEATH IN BULLOCH PARISH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Big-city reporter turned small-town journalism prof Mitch Stevens leaves Vermont for deepest Louisiana to wind up the affairs of his late mentor Tom Cantwell--and to continue research on a book Tom had been planning about Major Thomas Clay Washburn, hanged as a spy for his plan to liberate Confederate officers from a northern prison. But somebody doesn't want Mitch to interview one of Tom's informants, old Martha Tour Gale, who knew the slave who went off to war with Washburn: she's as dead as Tom before Mitch gets to see her, and Mitch has to penetrate a screen of casual racism, southern hospitality, and lethal home-cooking to find out what dread secret Tom had pried out of her. That secret, thanks to floods of genealogical detail, is both confusing and all too obvious; by taking Mitch out of the firmly detailed Vermont milieu of his debut (Land Kills, 1991), his creators have thinned out the atmosphere without providing a stronger plot.

Pub Date: Dec. 3rd, 1993
ISBN: 0-88150-265-0
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Countryman
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1993




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