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The Scribe: A Novel
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A reckoning with the persistence of evil in post-Civil War AtlantaAfter leaving Atlanta in disgrace three years before, detective Thomas Canby is called back to the city on the eve of Atlanta's 1881 International Cotton Exposition to partner with Atlanta's first African American police officer, Cyrus Underwood. The case they're assigned is chilling: a serial murderer who seems to be violently targeting Atlanta's wealthiest black entrepreneurs. The killer's method is both strange and unusually gruesome. On each victim's mutilated body is inscribed a letter of the alphabet, beginning with "M." The oligarchy of Atlanta's most prominent white businessmen-the same men who ran Canby out of town, known more openly before Reconstruction as "the Ring"-is anxious to solve the murders before they lose the money they've invested in both the exposition and the city's industrialization, even if resolution comes at the expense of justice.After Canby's arrival the murders become increasingly disturbing and unpredictable, and his interference threatens to send the investigation spinning off in the wrong direction. As the toll of innocent victims rises, Canby must face down enduring racism and his own prejudices, to see clearly the source of these bloody crimes. Meanwhile, if he can restore his reputation, he might win back the woman he loves.With scrupulous attention to historical detail, Edgar Award finalist Matthew Guinn draws listeners into a vortex of tense, atmospheric storytelling, confronting the sins and fears of both old South and new.
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Matthew Guinn. (2015). The Scribe: A Novel. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing.

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        Set in Atlanta in 1881, this superior whodunit from Edgar-finalist Guinn (The Resurrectionist) stars Thomas Canby, a former detective on the Atlanta Police Force, who lost his job after a false accusation of taking bribes. When someone murders barber Alonzo Lewis, “the richest Negro in Atlanta,” severing his head and carving the letter M on his forehead, Canby’s old boss recalls the disgraced detective. The powers that be have suppressed the news, as the city is relying on the success of the International Cotton Exposition to revitalize municipal finances. Another wealthy African-American is killed soon afterward, but this time the letter A is left as the killer’s mark. Canby, who is white, partners with the city’s first African-American police officer, Cyrus Underwood. Since Underwood was the first to find both dead men, he himself is an obvious suspect, but the plot takes numerous turns before the final, painful resolution. The richness of the characters and period detail make the prospect of a sequel welcome. Agent: Emma Sweeney, Emma Sweeney Agency.

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      • content: Lloyd James gives an understated performance in this sequel to THE RESURRECTIONIST. Disgraced detective Thomas Canby is called back to postwar Atlanta to investigate a series of ghoulish murders. Canby is partnered with Cyrus Underwood, Atlanta's first black detective. It seems the killer is targeting wealthy black men, eviscerating the victims, then carving an alphabet letter into their flesh. James is completely convincing, giving the principals depth and dimension. Each character is instantly identifiable--man or woman, white or black, Northerner or Southerner. Guinn offers a tale of Gothic horror with enough credibility to make the fiction seem real, thanks to a truly malevolent villain and a flawless delivery by James. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
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