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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: January 2013 ISBN: 9781470325138
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 Christine | 9/19/2012

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

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About the Author
Author Thomas H. Cook

Thomas H. Cook was born in Fort Payne, Alabama, in 1947. He has been nominated for the Edgar Award seven times in five different categories. He received the best novel Edgar for The Chatham School Affair, the Martin Beck Award, the Herodotus Prize for best historical short story, and the Barry Award for best novel for Red Leaves, and has been nominated for numerous other awards.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.