Cotton by Paul J. Heald
A Novel (The Clarkeston Chronicles)

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When new evidence arises in a cold case, can Professor Hopkins refrain from delving into a newfound world of corruption, vice, and danger?

Stanley Hopkins cannot resist the invitation from a honey-voiced US attorney asking him to track down the source of photographs of a young dance major abducted five years earlier from her apartment in Clarkeston, Georgia. A journalist has stumbled across newly posted pictures of Diana Cavendish on the Internet, apparently taken just days before she disappeared with her boyfriend.

While Stanley deals with vexing personal problems and scrambles to identify the owner of the website that acquired the photos, small-town journalist James Murphy and federal prosecutor Melanie Wilkerson uncover new evidence of the crime—and the cover-up—that ranges far beyond the confines of the victim’s quaint Georgia college town.

This second installment of the Clarkeston Chronicles presents new challenges for Hopkins that take him far from the California base he established in Death in Eden and introduces him to a fascinating group of collaborators who will anchor him in small-town Georgia.

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About Paul J. Heald

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Paul J. Heald teaches law at the University of Illinois. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he lectures worldwide and has taught at many universities including Oxford and Vanderbilt. Before joining the law faculty, he clerked in Montgomery, Alabama, for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson Jr. Heald sings baritone and lives in Champaign, Illinois, with his wife, Jill Crandall, a choir director.
Published July 12, 2016 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.. 352 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Heald’s ambitious second entry in his Clarkeston Chronicles (after 2014’s Death in Eden) pits a varied group of amateur sleuths looking into the five-year-old disappearances of college studen

May 27 2016 | Read Full Review of Cotton: A Novel (The Clarkest...

Browsing a soft-porn site, journalist James Murphy discovers a picture of Diana Cavendish, a beautiful young woman who disappeared from her apartment in Clarkeston, GA, along with her boyfriend, five years earlier. Murphy covered the case and feels a connection to Cavendi

Jul 01 2016 | Read Full Review of Cotton: A Novel (The Clarkest...