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Pearl: A Life Too Short; A Death Too Long Paperback – November 18, 2010
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The title PEARL, refers to a young woman who is married to an older man but, seems to get her kicks by teasing the men of the town and it seems that she is either the town tramp or a lonely person who is looking for anything to spice up her life. There is a lot of speculation in the town of Faircloth, VA about the marriage between Pearl and her much older husband. Their relationship is cordial and they are respectful to each other but, very seldom seen together in the town. Sadly, Pearl's savagely beaten body is found outside of town and the police investigation will cover many secrets that were dormant in the town for many years. Townspeople think that it was a stranger passing through town that killed Pearl and wouldn't it be convenient to blame a transient rather than look into the residents of this little town?
Sometime after Pearl is found, the burned body of a young girl is found in a vacant house in town and the attack on another woman comes about shortly after. The police are baffled and there are other secrets to be found among the townspeople. Questions are abundant. Such as, who was this young woman and why was she living alone in a vacant house? Who visited her many nights after dark and who would have left her in a burning building? Also, as to the other woman; why would anyone beat and rape a woman leaving her for dead in this small town in rural Virginia? Were these crimes done by the same person or by some psycho going through the town and leaving distruction in his wake?
The Sheriff and his deputies will have a lot of clues that they can't figure out and some of them also have secrets concerning Pearl and the other two women.Read more ›
All the men in town loved Pearl Sutton; some were even in love with her and would have sought a permanent life with her, but she was married to a rich influential man in town. But her beauty and her flirty personality made any man feel just a little more special--what harm did that do? After all, if any of them got a little frisky, she just mentioned that Pappy was expecting her home and she would leave them then and there...
Except for one man...
And sometimes another...
Everybody wondered about her being with "Pappy" Sutton--after all, he was much older than she; but their relationship seemed to work and everybody knew that they were very close, even if Pearl would go off alone or with some man most days.
Pearl loved speed and would get into her car to ride off from town. Sometimes she would bring a picnic basket and she would offer a ride to one certain man and they would go off into the woods together. But when she didn't go home at night or came out later in the dark, she headed for only one man's bed and he always opened his home and heart to her...
Now she was dead--murdered, found under a pile of leaves by kids who had decided it was too nice a day to be stuck in school. But when their freedom led to Pearl, they once again were responsible young men and called for help. It was too late for Pearl, but Jon Atherton, the Sheriff, did everything possible, and more, to find the man who had killed Pearl.Read more ›
The Sheriff's Department was a small one as they usually are in smaller towns. Sheriff Tom Atherton and his deputies were not used to murders such as Pearl's but rather small petty crimes, but the sheriff determined that his small force should be the ones to investigate this since Pearl was liked, and in some instances, loved by some of the men on the force. The county Medical Examiner, Jed, also not used to such autopsies, seemingly was overcome by Pearl's death and his drinking continued leaving his work questionable to the sheriff. When another woman was found burned to a crisp in a small cabin and another woman brutally attacked leaving her in very delicate condition, Sheriff Atherton and his deputies were stretched even thinner. The sheriff and his deputies searched for several days the area that Pearl had last been seen. Since her Cadillac had been missing too they searched for it while walking the highway back and forth.
One of the deputies, Wallace, was found in his cabin incoherent and bruised while his wife Clara had disappeared. Wallace was admitted to the hospital and Clara also was when she was found beaten very badly and violently raped.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've actually read another of Darlene Cox's books before. The book I was privileged to read was Web of Deceit. Read morePublished on May 15, 2011 by Jennifer
Ms. Cox has written another attention getter/attention holder with Pearl. She hooks her readers right where she should; with the opening sentence! Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by Lea Ann Morris
Sheriff Jon Atherton of Faircloth, Virginia, has been having an affair with Pearl Sutton. Now she's been murdered. He was probably the next-to-last person to see her alive. Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by Patti
I have to say, I flip-flopped on whether I should give this book one or two stars. I like a good mystery just as well as the next person, and it was certainly a mystery with a lot... Read morePublished on March 17, 2011 by A. Paxman
One act of cruelty seems to expose the others in a small town. "Pearl: A Life Too Short, A Death Too Long" tells the story of a beaten corpse showing up near the small time of... Read morePublished on February 11, 2011 by Midwest Book Review
Pearl is a well told tale, consider it an enjoyable read. Cox enriches the who-done-it with a community of characters that demonstrate the impact this rich flirty woman had on her... Read morePublished on February 8, 2011 by Kathleen K.
Darlene Cox will draw you into her third novel, "Pearl," with the very first paragraph and you will not want to stop reading until you reach the very end. Read morePublished on January 22, 2011 by K. Ingerto