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4.0 out of 5 stars really, where's the dog?,
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This review is from: Where Southern Cross the Dog (Hardcover)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 of suspense, action, and rich, rich history! And the CD, how awesome that the book comes with a CD!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Where Southern Cross the Dog,
This review is from: Where Southern Cross the Dog (Hardcover)If you wonder--or remember--how a small Southern town felt right before World War II, when segregation was a fact of life and inquiring minds kept their mouths shut, you'll appreciate this deftly executed first novel. Whitley has crafted believable and memorable characters to serve an intricate plot that combines, among other things, young love, murder, espionage, small-town justice, and the blues. (You get music to go with it.) I especially liked his handling of below-the-radar people, even the bad guys. They are not caricatures, by a long shot; they are very carefully drawn. That's not to slight the main players, who kept me turning pages as the plot rushed along to its big surprise. Can't wait to see the movie!
5.0 out of 5 stars L. W. Duddy,
This review is from: Where Southern Cross the Dog (Hardcover)I can't say enough about the writing talent Mr. Whitley showcases in his debut novel. Whether he's in the mind of a Klan member, an aged African American grandmother, or an inventor enthralled with Hitler, the author writes convincingly, cleverly, and compassionately. Months after reading Southern I can still "hear" the characters and recall heartfelt, imaginative lines. Buy this book: it will be a gift to yourself and you'll be giving to the Mississippi Blues community to boot!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read,
This review is from: Where Southern Cross the Dog (Hardcover)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 the time while working through their own flaws and attributes. The writing of place and time are captivating. You can taste the dusty southern roads and the smell the honeysuckle. The story is intriguing and the mystery tightly wound! Hard to put down. Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues Music, Nazis, Defying Jim Crow, Jailbreaks... What More Could You Ask For?!,
This review is from: Where Southern Cross the Dog (Hardcover)Allen Whitley has really knocked one out of the park on this novel. The book is set in Clarksdale, Mississippi, known as "ground zero" for blues music, because of the great many bluesmen and music to come from the area. The characters are rich and entertaining, and the book starts out on a slow simmer, much like being the Mississippi Delta. The novel fires up fast, however, and before long, it's nearly impossible to put down as the characters find themselves in the midst of suspense, murder, nazis, and mississippi river boat chases. The segments between the two main characters, Travis and Hannah, are an expertly written story of affection against all odds and societal norms, and the suspenseful tones of the novel will keep any reader yearning for just one... more... chapter...
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery & the Blues - Awesome,
This review is from: Where Southern Cross the Dog (Hardcover)What a great, easy read. Whitley does a masterful job of developing both the characters and the storyline to the point where you don't want to put the book down. You feel like you are in the heart of the South where the Blues were born. Having been to that part of the country, it was easy for my imagination to take and keep me right in the middle of the action. The added BONUS, if you are lover of the Blues, is the CD that comes with this book. 20 cuts of rarely heard Blues tracts. What other author gives you a great read and a CD. Brilliant.
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting read,
This review is from: Where Southern Cross the Dog (Hardcover)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 can almost smell the scenes in his writing. His style is crisp, flowing, and rich. The characters are deeply drawn and adventurous to the last pages.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for the Beach,
This review is from: Where Southern Cross the Dog (Hardcover)an easy page turner that draws the reader in and sets you on the hunt for the killer--with easy prose that flows and hooks you and then a very helpful map to keep you oriented as you follow the dips and turns to a satisfying conclusion--the author managed to take this reader not only to a southern locale, but also to make the smells and sounds and vibe of a place come to life through the printed word--not bad for a first time writer --in fact, it's quite an accomplishment
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deep South Adventure Like No Other,
This review is from: Where Southern Cross the Dog (Hardcover)Allen Whitley has truly captured the essence of the Deep South in his first novel Where Southern Cross the Dog. His descriptions of the landscape make the reader feel as if they are actually experiencing Civil Rights era Mississippi first hand.
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars In tune with the Blues,
This review is from: Where Southern Cross the Dog (Hardcover)While recently sitting on the levee of the Mississippi River enjoying the Delta Blues at the King Biscuit Blues Festival, I visited with Allen Whitley about the role of the Blues music in the culture of the Deep South. Little did I know he had authored the book, Where Southern Cross the Dog. His love and knowledge for and about the Blues Music along with his ability to create a murder mystery novel during a difficult time in America both entices and intrigues the reader to learn and read more about the lives of the people in the Delta during the late 1930s.
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Where Southern Cross the Dog by Allen Whitley (Hardcover - October 1, 2010)