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“In Cold Blood”

by Truman Capote
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. Purchase

“Cross Current”

by C. Terry Cline, Jr.
"And the sins of the fathers shall be visited upon the sons..." In this tale of medical suspense, Joshua McDavid may prove the prophesy true. McDavid is a devout and powerful Episcopalian minister, but there are unanswered questions in his past. For seventeen generations, the eldest son of his family has died violently before his thirty-third birthday. Josh is thirty-two. He is marked as the next victim of a terrifying curse from the darkened sky of Golgotha. Purchase

"Sins of the Brother"

by Michael Stewart
In the six months since Tom McInnes opted out of the work-hard, play-hard lifestyle of a successful Alabama law firm, his spirits are flourishing, even if his private practice is not. But Tom's peaceful, if unprofitable, existence is soon shattered by news of the brutal murder of his errant younger brother Hall. Summoned home to Cooper's Bend, Tom finds himself directly in the line of fire from his bullying father, menacing town toughs and the local law enforcement. Purchase

"Dixie Noir"

by Kirk Curnutt
At once fast-paced and character driven, Dixie Noir is as sticky and overheated as an August afternoon in the land of cotton. Purchase

“Boy's Life”

by Robert R. McCammon
In Zephyr, Alabama, a bizarre murder is only the beginning. Small town boys see weird sights, and Zephyr has provided Cory Jay Mackenson with his fair share of oddities. One frosty winter morning, he and his father watch a car jump the curb and sail into the fathomless town lake. His father dives into the icy water to rescue the driver, and finds a naked corpse handcuffed to the wheel. This chilling sight is only the start of the strangest period of Cory’s life, when the magic of his town will transform him into a man. Purchase

"The Czech Files"

by Ryan Anderson
When the residents of Orange Beach, Alabama, wake up one morning to the brutal murders of a well known family in their community, the sleepy beachside fishing village quickly realizes that they have a much bigger problem than just recovering from the aftermath of a constant barrage of hurricanes; they have a diabolical killer lurking in the shadows of their dunes. Purchase

"After Dark"

by Beverly Barton
When A Shocking Scandal Exposes Southern Secrets. As the blazing heat of summer gives way to sultry September, a shroud of suspicion settles over Noble's Crossing, a sleepy Alabama town. Nothing is as it seems--and never will be again. Lane Noble Graham stands accused of murdering her ex-husband. And the one man who can help, Johnny Mack Cahill, vowed never to return to the town that scorned him--or the woman whose love he knew he didn't deserve. Purchase

"Murder on a Girls' Night Out"
(Southern Sisters Mysteries)

by Anne George
Patricia Anne (Mouse) is respectful, respectable, and demure, a perfect example of genteel Southern womanhood. Mary Alice (Sister) is big, brassy, flamboyant, and bold. Together they have a knack for finding themselves in the center of some of Birmingham's most unfortunate unpleasantness. Purchase

"Havana Requiem"

by Paul Goldstein
Fueled by alcohol and legal brilliance, Michael Seeley once oversaw his law firm’s most successful litigation. Until it all fell apart. Recklessness and overreach cost him his wife, his job, and likely the life of his last client, a Chinese dissident journalist. Havana Requiem, opens after a year’s sobriety has earned Seeley back most of what he lost: the partnership in his Manhattan law firm; the wary respect of most of his partners; the lucrative clients—but not the gin-sharpened passion. Purchase

"Them Bones"

by Carolyn Haines (2010 winner of the Harper Lee Award)
If only I hadn't kidnapped the dog...but the ransom paid the mortgage… Now I seem to be a private eye… I shouldn't have listened to that ghost… Meet Sarah Booth Delaney... an unconventional Southern belle whose knack for uncovering the truth is about to make her the hottest detective in Zinnia, Mississippi, if it doesn't make her the deadest. Purchase