Slow Dollar by Margaret Maron
(Deborah Knott Mysteries)

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For Judge Knott, the case before her seems to be an ordinary misdemeanor -- except that the personal property that's been destroyed is an inflatable carnival ride. When the carnival comes to her own town a few weeks later, Deborah soon discovers there's nothing ordinary about this rag-tag collection of rides and games. Why does the ride owner's charm bracelet awaken half-forgotten memories? And what is her connection to Deborah's own family? When one of the concessionaires is found dead, his mouth stuffed with quarters from his game of chance, Deborah soon learns that he was also chancing a little blackmail on the side -- blackmail that may threaten one of her brothers. In carnie lingo, "A fast dime is better than a slow dollar." Torn between judicial ethics and family love, Deborah must decide who gets which before more lives are ruined and the carnival moves on.

About Margaret Maron

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Writer Margaret Maron grew up in rural North Carolina and later lived in Brooklyn, New York. She has mined her background to create the settings for two successful crime series. A series set in New York features Detective Sigrid Harald and a series set in North Carolina stars Deborah Knott. Bootlegger's Daughter, the first book in the second series, won the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity awards for best mystery in 1992.
Published September 1, 2002 by Mysterious Press. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(Aug. 20)Forecast:The first Knott novel, Bootlegger's Daughter, won all four major mystery awards—the Edgar, the Anthony, the Agatha and the Macavity.

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Judge Deborah Knott of Colleton County, North Carolina first meets Tally Ames in the courtroom when the carnival owner presses charges against three local men who damaged one of her rides.

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Late summer in North Carolina and Judge Deborah Knott is hearing cases in her courtroom, when something a little different comes her way.

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