From the 2017 winner of the Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction comes a powerful and timely story of race, politics, injustice, and murder as shocking and incendiary as today?s headlines.
On Sale: February 6, 2018
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When the body of Jamal Cousin, president of the pre-
eminent black fraternity at the Florida's flagship
university, is discovered hogtied in the Stygian water
swamps of the Suwanee River Valley, the death sets off a
firestorm that threatens to rage out of control when a
fellow student, Mark Towson, the president of a prominent
white fraternity, is accused of the crime.
Contending with rising political tensions, racial unrest,
and a sensational media, Towsonâ€™s defense attorney, Jack
Swyteck, knows that the stakes could not be higherâ€”inside
or outside the old Suwanee County Couthouse. The
evidence against his client, which includes a threatening
text message referencing "strange fruit" on the river,
seems overwhelming. Then Jack gets a break that could
turn the case. Jamal's gruesome murder bears disturbing
similarities to another lynching that occurred back in
the Jim Crow days of 1944. Are the chilling parallels
purely coincidental? With a community in chaos and a
young manâ€™s life in jeopardy, Jack will use every
resource to find out.
As he navigates each twist and turn of the search, Jack
becomes increasingly convinced that his client may
himself be the victim of a criminal plan more sinister
than the case presented by the state attorney. Risking
his own reputation, this principled man who has devoted
his life to the law plunges headfirst into the darkest
recesses of the Southâ€™s past, and its murky present, to
For Jack, it's about the truth. Traversing time, from the
days of strict segregation to the present, heâ€™ll find itâ€”
no matter what the costâ€”and bring much-needed justice to
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