14 Mar The Scribe
Summary: “It’s a whodunit with a twist…a heady mix of history, sizzle, punch, and danger. A definite keeper.” ―Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author of The Patriot Threat
After 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.
Angie’s comments: More than just a whodunit, The Scribe takes a look at the Atlanta of 1881, with its racism and poverty. While the mystery is important, the main focus of the book is examining the characters and the reality of life at that place and time. Once I became immersed in the setting, the book went fast.
Recommended for readers who enjoy historical fiction with a dash of gore.