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The Lynching Hardcover – February, 1992

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In this satisfying first novel by short story writer and South Carolina poet laureate Sinclair, a lynching three decades in the past has shadowed the lives of two people who meet by accident on their way to a little Southern town. Justyn Jones, aide to the governor of South Carolina, and California elementary school teacher Tom Levity discover a connection between the tragic deaths of their fathers, both of whom died in Green Hills, S.C. Tom's father, a black man, was lynched for supposedly having murdered Justyn's distant relative, reprobate socialite Stubby Balantyne, a death that Justyn's father outspokenly deplored before he apparently committed suicide. Now determined to investigate the events, Justyn and Tom are thwarted by the townspeople: Tom's life is threatened and Justyn's marriage is strained because of her tenacity in trying to dig up buried facts. Sinclair develops her story well, and she depicts the thinly concealed atmosphere of bigotry and violence in small-town Southern society in the late 1940s. A deft writer, she introduces enough suspicious characters and situations to keep the reader absorbed until the mystery is solved.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A young black man, Thomas More Levity, goes to a bucolic South Carolina town to investigate the lynching of his father 30 years earlier. En route he meets Justyn Jones, recent author of the state's civil rights study, who is returning home to her husband to resume a comfortable, domestic role. Upon discovering that her father's suicide was linked to the lynching which occurred to avenge the ghastly murder of one of her relatives, Justyn becomes emotionally entangled in Levity's search for the facts. Placing her life and marriage in jeopardy, she helps him explore the forbidden maze of deception generated by townsfolk for three decades. As in the best tradition of Southern Gothic novels, this is replete with intrigue, self-destruction, sadomasochism, and violence. The reader's interest is piqued throughout despite the flawed finale which is reminiscent of Rhett Butler's closing statement in Gone with the Wind . For popular fiction collections.
- Mary Ellen Elsbernd, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Co; First Edition edition (February 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802732011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802732019
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,408,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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