First Lady by Michael Malone

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Critically acclaimed novelist and award-winning short story writer Michael Malone is the smart, literate, compassionate voice of the American south. His gift for crafting the great American comedy, as he did in Handling Sin, is matched only by his ability to create mystery novels ripped with tension, twists and humanity.

A woman's body has been found-murdered, mutilated, tagged and addressed to Lt. Justin Savile V and Police Chief Cuddy R. Mangum. Dubbed the "Guess Who Killer" by a voracious press, Hillston, North Carolina, has a serial killer on its hands. The media and the mayor demand answers while the city lives in fear. Savile and Mangum are being taunted and stalked. Worse, they have no leads.

Plot driven in the classic sense of a bestseller, yet written with literary style and substance, First Lady is a novel you will want to read and savor yourself and share with a friend. Continuing the series begun with lauded novels Time's Witness and Uncivil Seasons, Michael Malone's return proves a thrilling success.


About Michael Malone

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Michael Malone has been compared to Cervantes, Dickens and Henry Fielding. He is the recipient of the O. Henry Award for "Fast Love," the Edgar for "Red Clay" and an Emmy as head writer of ABC-TV's One Life to Live. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with his wife, Maureen Quilligan, who is chair of the English department at Duke University.
Published July 1, 2002 by Sourcebooks Landmark. 452 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It's taken Malone a dozen years (Times Witness, 1989) to return to Hillston, North Carolina, and its chief of police, curmudgeonly savant Cudberth (Cuddy) Mangum, and its homicide chief, echt aristocratic southerner Justin B.Savile V—but the excruciatingly long writing time has resulted in an awa...

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In Justin's Old South, Cuddy points out, Carl Yarborough, the town's black mayor, ''would have come into this courtroom as a piece of property.'' By design, ''First Lady'' offers a wealth of incidental pleasures -- a press secretary described ...

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Laura Bush is nowhere to be found in this southern mystery, which features a philandering North Carolina governor, his wife, a beautiful Irish rock star and a pair of sharp homicide detectives whom Malone resurrects from his 1983 novel Uncivil Seasons.

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