The BottomsBook - 2000
When young Harry Crane stumbles upon a mutilated body in the local river bottoms, the region becomes trapped in a nightmare of fear and racial tension, as a vicious serial killer stalks the town.
Blackwell North Amer
Today, the Sabine River runs as before, yet the bottoms have been drained. Long gone are the alligators, and the few birds that take to the air cast tiny shadows over concrete surfaces.
But way back then, during the thick of the Great Depression that squeezed Deep East Texas in its impoverishing grip, a boy could hear the crickets and the frogs in the star-studded southern night. And in this primordial time a killer stalked the land.
When young Harry Crane discovers the black woman's body, mutilated and bound to a tree with barbed wire, he unwittingly unleashes a storm of uncontrolled fear, thinly buried racial animosities, and fearsomely escalating violence. Jacob Crane, Harry's father and the town constable, struggles valiantly to see that proper justice gets done.
Hachette Book Group
The talented voice of East Texas delivers a riveting, poignant, and suspenseful tale of a Depression-era serial murder seen through the eyes of a young boy.
When young Harry Crane stumbles upon a mutilated body in the local river bottoms, the region beomes trapped in a nightmare of fear and racial tension, as a vicious serial killer stalks the town, a man is lynched, and local law enforcement races against time to find the murderer, in a suspenseful tale set in Depression-era East Texas. 25,000 first printing.
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An East Texas brother & sister find a body in the river bottoms near their house. The brother is narrating story from his nursing home bed. Father of boy is constable/farmer/barber, in 30's. Family is white and friendly and tolerant toward black people. Body is black prostitute. Other murders follow. Boy and grandmother try to help solve crime after lynching of old black river man causes father to give up and start drinking.
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