Hard Row

By Margaret Maron (Mass Market, 2008)
As Judge Deborah Knott presides over a case involving a barroom brawl, it becomes clear that deep resentments over race, class, and illegal immigration are simmering just below the surface in the countryside. An early spring sun has begun to shine like a blessing on the fertile fields of North Carolina, but along with the seeds sprouting in the thawing soil, violence is growing as well. Mutilated body parts have appeared along the back roads of Colleton County, and the search for the victim's identity and for that of his killer will lead Deborah and her new husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, into the desperate realm of undocumented farm workers exploited for cheap labor.

In the meantime, Deborah and Dwight continue to adjust to married life and to having Dwight's eight-year-old son, Cal, live with them full time. When another body is found, these newlyweds will discover dark truths that threaten to permanently alter the serenity of their rural surroundings and their new life together.
  • Grand Central Publishing
    • Format: Mass Market

    • Price: $7.99 US/$9.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780446618076

    • On Sale Date: 08/01/2008

    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

    • Imprint: Grand Central Publishing

    Formats Available: Mass Market, Electronic Book, Electronic Book

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As Judge Deborah Knott presides over a case involving a barroom brawl, it becomes clear that deep resentments over race, class, and illegal immigration are simmering just below the surface in the countryside. An early spring sun has begun to shine like a blessing on the fertile fields of North Carolina, but along with the seeds sprouting in the thawing soil, violence is growing as well. Mutilated body parts have appeared along the back roads of Colleton County, and the search for the victim's identity and for that of his killer will lead Deborah and her new husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, into the desperate realm of undocumented farm workers exploited for cheap labor.

In the meantime, Deborah and Dwight continue to adjust to married life and to having Dwight's eight-year-old son, Cal, live with them full time. When another body is found, these newlyweds will discover dark truths that threaten to permanently alter the serenity of their rural surroundings and their new life together.

MARGARET MARON grew up on a farm near Raleigh, North Carolina, but for many years lived in Brooklyn, New York. When she returned to her North Carolina roots with her artist-husband, Joe, she bagan a series based on her own background. The first book, BOOTLEGGER'S DAUGHTER, because a Washington Post bestseller that swept the top mystery awards for its year. Later Deborah Knott novels UP JUMPS THE DEVIL and STORM TRACK won the Agatha award for Best Novel.
  • On HARD ROW:
    "Maron wraps up the plot so neatly that there's no question why she's one of America's best mystery writers." (Associated Press).

  • "Clever plotting and sparkling dialogue...well-wrought suspense." (Library Journal (starred review)).

  • "Fascinating . . . gripping and beautifully written." (Cleveland Plain Dealer).

  • On the Deborah Knott series:
    "The...strength of Maron's writing lies in giving her sleuth a life...Maron does it superbly." (Associated Press).

  • (Library Journal).

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Hard Row
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $7.99 US/$9.50 CAN
  • Pages: 352
  • Physical Dimensions: 4-3/16" x 6-3/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780446618076
  • On Sale Date: 08/01/2008
Hard Row