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A page-turning story from difficult times.' -
Robert Foster, best-selling author of 'The Lunar Code'.
Abingdon, Alabama. 1956.
A young black maid is found hanged from a tree. Lynched.
Tied to her lifeless toes is a note: ‘NIGGERS DON’T DATE WHITES’
In an otherwise quiet and civilized community, this brutal murder cracks in the peaceful façade.
The status quo – or segregation – that keeps the townsfolk at ease is beginning to rupture.
Warren Delaney, a newly-hired writer for the Abingdon Herald finds himself at the forefront of the investigation into this mysterious and heinous crime.
His boss, Kyle Dawson, smells a Pulitzer Prize. His old-school gang of journalists, the Butchers, work tirelessly from an old abattoir to discover what really lies at the roots of this murder.
The police are incompetent. Former Klansmen have taken root in the dubious White Citizens’ Council, but nobody dares to go near them.
Delaney, Dawson and co. must investigate if anyone is to bring this young black woman to justice and reconcile the two races separated by skin colour in this deep Southern town.
But some feuds run deep.
Some scars can’t be healed.
And the Butchers are about to learn that what divides the town of Abingdon isn’t as simple as black and white…
‘The Butchers’ is a gripping murder mystery that envelopes racial tensions and social change in the dark Deep South of 1950s America.
About the Author
J D Wright was born in Alabama. He worked on an Alabaman newspaper, interviewing Harper Lee, as well as writing for the US Navy and Time magazine. He currently lives in North Carolina. ‘The Butchers’ is his debut novel, and he is currently working on a sequel.
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