An emotive and powerful story based around thirty years of racial tension, mystery and intrigue. When the boat of Walker John Douglas is found with no body on board, it opens a new investigation to what happened thirty years ago. Walker Douglas was accused of starting a fire which killed two women and burnt half the town down. The arrival of a new editor of the weekly paper splits the town into two and racial tensions rise when he decides to seek out the truth.
The author's understanding of the way people are repressed and the anger and resentment they feel is expertly defined. As is the way the the oppresses and accusers feel that they are untouchable and by burying their head in the sand the problem will just go away.
As a reader you feel the injustice that has been dealt out with no real proof and also dismay at the way that certain groups of society are labelled and treated. You are kept involved in the story all the way through the book, the twists and turns and the trail to truth make it a page turning mystery thriller.
The story is easily understood and the use of short paragraphs and chapters give the reader time to digest and take the information on board. I found myself riveted to this book and did not want to finish it. A really enjoyable and engrossing read and I am looking forward to the authors next book.