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Where Southern Cross the Dog Hardcover – October 1, 2010
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''I love a good story and anything that keeps people listening to the blues.'' --Pinetop Perkins, bluesman, and winner of countless awards including the 2005 Grammy winner for Lifetime Achievement Award
''A cleverly woven tale ingeniously linking events in pre-war Europe to hardship and pain in the Mississippi Delta, where cotton was king. And listening to the accompanying CD makes me feel like I'm standing on a corner in downtown Clarksdale, whiling the day away.'' --Cody Davis, author of Implied Consent and Green 61
''Set in Coahoma County Mississippi's dusty and sweltering heat, is this summer's great new novel, Where Southern Cross the Dog. Author Allen Whitley smoothly sets the mood for his story with an accompanying CD of field worker and prisoner ''hollers'' and blues artist and writers' epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter. All serve as reminders of the social and cultural circumstance of the time, and the source of birthing pangs that will eventually be recognized as the Delta Blues.'' --Carey Harrison Weeks, Scribd.com
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I hope you find the read as enjoyable as the many visits to Mississippi I took while doing the research. As for some trivia, the character of Bill Montgomery was taken from an anecdote my father told me regarding someone he knew in the Air Force. Col. George "Buzz" Birdsong's father was the coroner of Coahoma County in the 20's. During that period, coroners were elected not appointed so one didn't have to be a doctor. Visit the web site for more information: www.allenwhitley.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Overall it's a fantastic book, one that immerses the reader in the endless cotton rows, diverse and captivating characters, and infectiously simple and entertaining rituals of the Mississippi delta. This is one of the few novels that can be read time and again. Allen Whitley does a praiseworthy job of capturing the heart of the Mississippi delta, and bringing the reader into not only a day-by-day, Jim Crow-era delta, but also world of mystery, suspense, and endearing characters.
Most Southerners know the story of how musician Robert Johnson made a deal with the devil at the crossroads. Whitley, however brings insight into the lives of musicians that are not widely known while weaving a tale of murder, race, and in the end, love. It is truly a fantastic read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i couldn't put it down very real for those times and also sad at the end i highly recommend this bookPublished 22 months ago by Linda
This is an excellent crime novel that is set in the 30's. I really enjoyed how the author integrated the blues music with race relations that were going on at the time. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Melissa Reynolds
This book was a lot of fun. Not because it was funny or anything, but it sucked me in with a crime story, got me invested in a love story and then sprinkled blues on top. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Travis D Wright
It is a privilege and pleasure to be taken back in time and inside the minds of so many wonderful characters - all wrapped and intertwined in a wonderfully entertaining story full... Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by joyous
A home run debut by Alan Whitley! A mysterious and romantic journey through the old South with a cast of instinctive and diverse characters who struggle with the social mores of... Read morePublished on May 27, 2011 by DGarrett
Whitley describes a time, place, and genre that has been moldering, awaitng discovery. Add a racially volatile coming-of-age story--not quite Southern Gothic, but close--and you... Read morePublished on November 22, 2010 by Jerry Davis