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It's one month after their wedding, and the future looks bright for Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff Deputy Dwight Bryant--until a disturbing call from Dwight's 8-year-old son Cal calls him back to Virginia.When he arrives, he is shocked to find that his ex-wife has left the boy alone for almost 24 hours. Worse, as Dwight tries to confront her, she takes the child and leaves town without a word. As Dwight embarks on an all-points search, Deborah hurries to his side. But will they be able to work together to decipher the ex-wife's motives--and, more importantly, will they find young Cal before he comes to harm?
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MARGARET MARON grew up on a farm near Raleigh, North Carolina, but for many years lived in Brooklyn, New York. When she returned to her North Carolina roots with her artist-husband, Joe, she bagan a series based on her own background. The first book, BOOTLEGGER'S DAUGHTER, because a Washington Post bestseller that swept the top mystery awards for its year and is among the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Later Deborah Knott novels UP JUMPS THE DEVIL and STORM TRACK won the Agatha award for Best Novel.From Booklist:
The twelfth entry in Maron's Deborah Knott series finds the family-oriented judge blissfully content in her brand-new marriage to her childhood friend turned marital partner Dwight Bryant, deputy sheriff of Colleton County. Part of an extended family so large it requires a map of the family tree to help readers keep track of the various relatives, Deborah is jolted from her routine when, first, Dwight's ex-wife and, then, his eight-year-old son, Cal, go missing. Meanwhile, Dwight's colleagues are busy tracking leads in the case of a local roustabout who has been killed by a shot to the head while sipping a beer in his pickup truck. As always, familial concerns take pride of place over the mystery as Deborah tries to stanch her jealousy upon perusing old wedding photos of Dwight's beautiful if shallow ex-wife; she also worries about establishing a solid relationship with Cal--when and if they can find him. In Maron's charming, folksy, small-town world, even the mayhem is domestic in nature, in this case prompted by stolen antiques and highway litter. Joanne Wilkinson
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Book Description Thorndike Pr, 2006. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0786290293