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HARD ROW

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Maron's Judge Deborah Knott is a character to be reckoned with -- a smart yet down-to-earth woman whose ability to solve crime rests on her knack for observing the most minute detail. Rural North Carolina comes to life as the author explores the difficulties
and prejudices faced by migrant
workers assimilating to life in a
new country.

Deborah's husband, sheriff's deputy Dwight Bryant, becomes concerned when locals begin finding body parts belonging to a deceased male. What's more, unless they find the rest of the body, it doesn't look like they'll be able to identify him.

Meanwhile, Deborah is presiding over a divorce case involving a large sum of money where the ex- husband is continually absent from the proceedings. In a complex plot twist, the identity of the murder victim is uncovered, and migrant workers become the prime suspects. Though Deborah and Dwight continue to keep their professional lives separate from their personal relationship, Deborah soon uncovers clues that will break Dwight's case wide open. (Warner, Aug., 304 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick