On Sale: December 26, 2017
Featuring: Ginny Polk; Roscoe Simms
Hardcover / e-Book
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Many children have grown up in the shadow of Louisiana’s
Greenmount State Penitentiary. Most of them—sons and
daughters of corrections officers and staff—left the place
as soon as they could. Yet Ginny Polk chose to come back
to work as a prison cook. She knows the harsh reality of
life within those walls—the cries of men being beaten, the
lines of shuffling inmates chained together. Yet she has
never seen them as monsters, not even the ones sentenced
to execution. That’s why, among her duties, Ginny has
taken on a special responsibility: preparing their last
Pot roast or red beans and rice, coconut cake with seven-
minute frosting or pork neck stew…whatever the men ask for
Ginny prepares, even meeting with their heartbroken
relatives to get each recipe just right. It’s her way of
honoring their humanity, showing some compassion in their
final hours. The prison board frowns upon the ritual, as
does Roscoe Simms, Greenmount’s Warden. Her daddy’s best
friend before he was murdered, Roscoe has always watched
out for Ginny, and their friendship has evolved into
something deep and unexpected. But when Ginny stumbles
upon information about the man executed for killing her
father, it leads to a series of dark and painful
Truth, justice, mercy—none of these are as simple as Ginny
once believed. And the most shocking crimes may not be the
ones committed out of anger or greed, but the sacrifices
we make for love.
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