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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (45 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas H. Cook Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At the height of the Civil Rights movement, a young girl’s murder stirs racial tensions in Birmingham, Alabama.

The grave on the football field is shallow, easy to spot from a distance. It would have been found sooner had most of the residents in the black half of Birmingham not been downtown, marching, singing, and being arrested alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Police detective Ben Wellman is among them when he gets the call about the fresh grave. Under the loosely packed dirt he finds a young black girl, her innocence taken, and her life along with it. His sergeant orders Wellman to investigate but instructs him not to try too hard. In the summer of 1963, Birmingham is tense enough without a manhunt for the killers of a black child. Wellman digs for the truth in spite of skepticism from the black community and scorn from his fellow officers. What he finds is a secret that men from both sides of town would prefer stayed buried.

As he did in Sacrificial Ground, Cook has created a novel of uncommon force and resonance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] expert, relentless detective novel…Cook doesn’t use the civil rights movement merely as a conveniently atmospheric backdrop; he weaves it through the plot in sharp, unexpected ways.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Vivid…Part straightforward mystery, part coming-of-age tale about a liberal detective who risks both career and life to come out of the closet…Passionate in its reaction to the bigotry of the era.”


  • “This powerful crime novel evokes all of the emotionalism that prevailed at the time…Reaffirms [Cook’s] ability to create realistic characterization and vivid narrative, then wrap it all up in a tightly plotted, cleverly clued mystery.”

    Library Journal

  • “Powerful and moving.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim Swike | 7/10/2013

    " Great novel set in 1963 Birmingham Alabama. If you love history, and the Civl Rights Era, a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine | 9/19/2012

    " Love Thomas Cook...missed this one years ago! "

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