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By T. R. Pearson

Ever in view that a brief heritage of a Small position, his vintage novel of existence in a small Southern city, T. R. Pearson--described as a latest go among Mark Twain and William Faulkner--has captivated readers from all areas. Blue Ridge, his first novel in seven years, is a perfect story of fortune and folly. Ray Tatum is the hot deputy sheriff of Hogarth, Virginia, situated in the midst of nowhere with "nothing too lousy gaudy afoot"until the invention of a virtually entire set of human bones at the Appalachian path. Ray's cousin Paul is an actuary summoned to manhattan to spot a more energizing and a little less whole physique: that of his son, sired within the unfastened and ardent seventies, whom he scarcely knew. Unspooling and evolving in tandem, one within the wilds of Virginia and the opposite at the streets of new york, those tales are Southern storytelling at its such a lot entrancing, eccentric, and understanding.

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Why wasn’t he living with the other new recruits in the patrolmen’s dormitories? And why was he spending his spare time going through old police reports? “Thank you for bringing these to my attention,” Michael said. “Thank you, sir. The supervising officer was Detective Hatener. ” repeated Michael, and he flicked back through the reports. “I thought maybe—­” But before the boy could finish, Michael had risen from his desk and was marching across the bureau floor. indd 40 7/9/15 2:53 PM 6 L D’Andrea tramped down the grand avenue of Canal Street in the midday sun.

She asked. indd 26 7/9/15 2:53 PM The Axeman 27 “She’s good,” Lewis said, responding as if the question was perfectly innocent, and Ida could tell by the way he answered that he was lying. Ida and Mayann, Lewis’s mother, both agreed that Daisy was no proper match for him. The girl was a couple of years older than he was, querulous, and prone to bouts of violence. She worked as a prostitute in the honky-­tonks across the river, rough places full of levee workers and longshoremen, and it was in one such place, the Brickhouse, that Lewis had met her the previous spring.

Well, I can understand that,” said Lewis, his face suddenly somber. ” He grinned, and Ida smiled and shook her head. ” he asked. ” Ida bit her lip again and thought for a moment. “Kinda,” she said. Lefebvre had promised her fieldwork when she had first been hired, but the promise had proved hollow. She found herself spending her days answering letters, filing, and running to the store to buy him rye. She deserved a break, a chance to prove herself. indd 29 7/9/15 2:53 PM 30 RAY C E LE S TIN she didn’t see why she should have to settle for a career at the bottom of the ladder, just because other people deemed her gender and the tint of her skin to be a hindrance.

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