The year is 1951. A smooth talking Chicago lawyer has come to chat with Sam Vincent, a former prosecutor, about a dangerous unknown - a prison for violent black convicts in Thebes, Mississippi, a place of many questions but no answers. Would Sam, a white man and a Southener, be willing to investigate? When Sam vanishes in the mists and swamps, his old friend Earl Swagger packs his gun and heads to Thebes where he discovers sinister secrets that go far beyond the prison walls. The whole town guards itself from nosy strangers with a private army of brutal, gun-toting, klan type thugs and rednecks. After barely escaping, Earl vows to right things and reclaim Thebes from the throes of a sinister conspiracy. But first, he enlists just a little help from his friends.
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'For pure suspense, the best thriller since Thomas Harris' Red Dragon.' -- James Ellroy
A truly gripping story which keeps you superglued to the page right up till the last explosive moment. -- Glasgow Herald on Hunter's Time to Hunt
American hardboiled at its very best, full of taciturn and stoical characters and plotting in explosive overdrive. -- The Times on Hunter's Black Light
For pure suspense, the best thriller since Thomas Harris' Red Dragon. -- James Ellroy on Hunter's Dirty White Boys
Stephen Hunter is an Elmore Leonard on steroids. -- John Sandford
Stories of passion, guilt and redemption that jump right off the page and smack the reader clean between the eyes. -- Independent on Sunday on Hunter's Hot Springs
Stephen Hunter is the author of eleven novels, including Hot Springs, Time to Hunt, Black Light and Dirty White Boys. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99436841