By Margaret Maron
Unchecked urbanization has began to eclipse the North Carolina nation-state. As farms fall down to shoddy mansions, farmers fight to gradual the rampant development. within the shadows, corrupt county commissioners use their political leverage to make ecocnomic bargains with new builders. A homicide will pull pass judgement on Deborah Knott and Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant into the center of this sour dispute and strength them to confront a few darkish realities.
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Not for the first time, she wonders why they couldn’t have windows here in the sanctuary. Surely God’s natural light would be so much better? But Dad says Mr. McKinney vetoed colored glass as too costly, and clear glass would rob them of their privacy. “I don’t think we’re likely to have peeping Toms,” one of the deacons said when they were first shown the blueprints for their newly founded church, but Mr. ” All of this her father reported with approval. When their old church split down the middle because the more worldly members wanted to spend the Lord’s money on new carpets and pew cushions, Mr.
Okay, okay. Technically speaking, that nursery gave Daddy the ammunition to blackmail G. Hooks Talbert into asking the governor to appoint me after I lost my first race. Until then, Talbert was famous in our family for saying he didn’t care to deal with any ignorant bootlegger. Nobody’s heard him say that recently and now it’s gotten personal. To even the score, and knowing how it would gall Daddy to have any kind of a development—even an upscale one—so close to his borders, G. Hooks quietly bought up all the land on the south side of Possum Creek and, even more quietly, got the county commissioners to rubber-stamp his plans to build creekside houses and a tiny village centered around a café and a gift shop that stocked designer jewelry and local pottery.
She put on her glasses and reached for a menu. “Plus some of those new people from Talbert’s place. ” Seth grinned as he looked up from his menu. ” Minnie used to be president of the county’s Democratic Women and she’s shepherded me through both of my campaigns. Comfortably plump and fast going gray, she keeps an eye on the larger community for the family and rallies us to the cause when she thinks we’re needed. “Times like this, I really miss Linsey Thomas,” she sighed. The owner and editor of The Dobbs Ledger died in a hit-and-run almost a year ago, a case that remains unsolved despite the large reward posted by his loyal readers.