Scorched earth

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Bantam Books,
Pub. Date:
2002.
Language:
English
Description
From David L. Robbins, bestselling author ofThe End of WarandWar of the Rats,comes a novel of searing intensity and uncompromising vision. Part mystery, part legal thriller, it is a story of crime and punishment set in a small southern town during one brutal, hot, and unforgiving summer that lays bare the potential of the human heart to hate--and, ultimately, to heal. Scorched Earth The inhabitants of Good Hope, Virginia, haven't felt the cooling effects of rain in weeks. The crops are withering. The ground is parched. There is no relief in sight. With the town a tinderbox waiting to explode, all it takes is a spark to ignite all the prejudice, the rage, and the secrets that are so carefully kept hidden. And then, in the midst of the terrible heat, a tragedy occurs. A baby is born and dies in her mother's arms. The child, Nora Carol, is buried quickly and quietly the next day in a church graveyard. It should have ended right there--but it didn't, for Nora Carol is of mixed race. The white deacons of Good Hope's Victory Baptist Church, trying to protect the centuries-old traditions of their cemetery, have the body exhumed. That night the church is set ablaze, and the sole witness is the only suspect--Elijah Waddell, Nora Carol's father. Nat Deeds, a former prosecutor and an exile of Good Hope, is pressed into service as Elijah's attorney. With a politically savvy prosecutor and a vindictive sheriff aligned against him, Nat knows it will be nearly impossible to get Elijah acquitted. But Elijah refuses to accept a plea. As the evidence mounts, Nat begins to suspect there is something his client isn't telling him, and the next revelation turns Good Hope into a powder keg: a body is found in the ashes of the church. Now Elijah is accused of murder, and the case is no longer a matter of winning or losing, but of life or death. The only way Nat can save his client is to scratch and claw for any shred of evidence, even if he has to bend the law to find it. As the summer heat intensifies and passions reach their boiling point, Nat must navigate through the incendiary secrets kept by friends and neighbors, by the guilty and the innocent, to an act of justice that has nothing to do with the law. From the Hardcover edition.
Also in this Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9780553801767
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 2aade3db-fc98-3f1c-694d-65e186efa70c
Full title scorched earth
Author robbins david l
Grouping Category book
Last Update 2018-06-21 01:49:04AM
Last Indexed 2018-06-21 05:17:35AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Robbins, David L., 1954-
author_display Robbins, David L
available_at_englewood Englewood Public Library
detailed_location_englewood EPL Fiction
display_description The inhabitants of Good Hope, Virginia, haven't felt the cooling effects of rain in weeks one brutally hot summer, and only a spark is needed to ignite the rage and hatred that have been so carefully hidden. A baby is born and then dies in the arms of her mother, Nora Carol, who is of mixed race. The child, Nora Carol, is buried quickly and quietly in the church graveyard. The white deacons of Good Hope's Victory Baptist Church have the body exhumed, an act that triggers events leading to a legal case and revealing secrets.
format_category_englewood Books
format_englewood Book
id 2aade3db-fc98-3f1c-694d-65e186efa70c
isbn 9780553801767
item_details ils:.b21121187|.i74438864|EPL Fiction|F ROBBINS, DAVID|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||epf||
itype_englewood Adult book
last_indexed 2018-06-21T11:17:35.97Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Fiction
literary_form_full Fiction
local_callnumber_englewood F ROBBINS, DAVID
owning_library_englewood Englewood Public Library
owning_location_englewood Englewood Public Library
primary_isbn 9780553801767
publishDate 2002
record_details ils:.b21121187|Book|Books||English|Bantam Books,|2002.|338 pages ; 24 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_englewood
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b21121187 .i74438864 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true 48, 49, 50, 46, 47
subject_facet Fiction, Legal drama (Literature), Race relations -- Fiction, Racially mixed children -- Fiction, Thrillers (Fiction), Virginia -- Fiction
title_display Scorched earth
title_full Scorched earth / David L. Robbins
title_short Scorched earth
topic_facet Race relations, Racially mixed children