St. Martin's Press Minotaur
On Sale: April 4, 2006
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Mystery Woman Sleuth
Jade Dupree is a beautician and an undertakerâ€™s assistant
with a gift for smoothing the ravages of death from the
faces of her clientele. But her strange talent isnâ€™t the
only thing that sets her apart from the townspeople of
tiny Drexel, Mississippi.Â
Jade is half-black and
the unacknowledged bastard daughter of Drexelâ€™s â€śfirst
lady,â€ť the imperious Lucille Longier. Jadeâ€™s half sister,
the pale, fragile, and legitimate Marlena, is married to
Lucas Bramlett, the wealthiest man in the region. While
the entire town knows of the blood bond between the two
women, no one dares speak the truth out loud.
Though her talents as a hairdresser are highly
sought after by Drexelâ€™s elite, Jade accepts that sheâ€™ll
never truly be part of the town and lives her life the
best she can. But on one hot summer day in 1952, Jadeâ€™s
world is turned inside out when Marlena, on a tryst with
her lover, is savagely beaten and herÂ young daughter
kidnapped. Determined to find her niece before itâ€™s too
late, Jade accepts help from a white sheriffâ€™s deputy,
Frank Kimble. The forbidden attraction that ignites
between them threatens to add to the violence already
brewing in town.
Carolyn Haines has written
several acclaimed mysteries, but here she mines much
darker, more serious territory,Â resulting in a
suspenseful, lyrical, passionate, and literary crime
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