THE SHINING BADGE
The stock market crash of 1929 forces the once wealthy Winslows to live on the rundown family farm in northern Georgia. The farm, which once belonged to Lewis Winslow's deceased first wife, now houses new wife Missouri Ann and the younger children of his first marriage.
Lewis' daughter, Jenny, despises the attentions of crude deputy Max Conroy, who is unfair to everyone, especially people of color, women and those in opposition to the county's illegal moonshine business. When Jenny sees a cruel act perpetrated by the deputy, she runs for sheriff against Conroy. But folks are surly with the Depression upon them and aren't too keen on having a woman tell them what to do.
Morris continues the House of Winslow series with another compelling story featuring a lively plot and intriguing characters. (Mar., 320 pp., $12.99)
Linda Mae Baldwin