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By John Grisham

Until eventually that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had by no means stored a mystery or advised a unmarried lie. yet within the lengthy, sizzling summer season of his 7th yr, teams of migrant staff — and very risky males — got here in the course of the Arkansas Delta to paintings the Chandler cotton farm. And by surprise mysteries are flooding Luke’s world.

A brutal homicide leaves town seething in gossip and suspicion. a stunning younger lady ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless child is born ... and anyone has started furtively portray the naked clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down constitution in glowing white. And as younger Luke watches the realm round him, he unravels secrets and techniques which could shatter lives — and alter his kin and his city forever....

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Arson. David’s jaw clenched as the platform rose. Had to be. He’d seen it before, up close and way too personally. The wind shifted again and he flinched when the flames lurched his way. For a split second he lost his footing. Focus, boy. Stay alive. ” Jeff’s voice was urgent amid the crackling. ” The platform rose a few more feet, lifting him alongside a large picture window. Every condo on the upper floors had them. He saw no flames, but smoke billowed from the smaller windows which had already burst from the heat.

Scotty was frowning at the girl’s hands. ” David’s captain and two uniformed cops joined them, the three of them bending over the gurney to see her hands. ” one of the cops asked. “I don’t know, but whatever it is, it reflects light. I saw her handprints on the window,” David told him. “My light hit the glass and the prints shone. Fire investigator’s going to want to sample it. If she set this fire, she got stuck up there and panicked. ” “If she didn’t do this fire, it’s murder,” the other cop said.

These two victims. A middleaged guard and a teenaged girl. Think about them. Think about justice for them. Do your damn job. She drew another breath, grimacing at the stench of smoke. It had been a bad fire. Two companies had responded to the scene-two pumpers, an aerial tower truck, and the two rescue squads they wouldn’t be needing after all. Only the morgue rig would be transporting tonight. As her feet moved, she found herself searching the fire trucks for station numbers, another habit she’d picked up in the last seven months, one she found nearly as distasteful as her new fear of dead bodies.

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