Southern Fried by Cathy Pickens

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Avery Andres has just been downsized from her job in a law office in a North Carolina city and has returned to her small home town to lick her wounds and consider, with hesitation, trying to set up a law practice there. She quickly gets a client or two, and immediately the company building owned by one is destroyed by arson, and the body found inside was quite probably murdered. Meanwhile, an old high-school classmate has told the entire county that he is hopelessly in love with Avery and makes several attempts at spectacular suicides, each one of them carefully set up not to work. All in all, Avery finds that small-town life is not nearly so dull as she feared. And sometimes wishes it were.


About Cathy Pickens

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Cathy Pickens is a lawyer by training and currently teaches at Queens University Business School in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is near the border with South Carolina, where her family has lived for the past three centuries.
Published March 1, 2005 by Minotaur Books. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Harrison Garnet, who wants her to hold his hand during an environmental inspection, seems oblivious to the possibility that the Garnet Mills could have polluted nearby streams, or that there’ll be hell to pay if they have.

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The natives of Dacus and the surrounding hills are convincing Southerners, and little gems of landscape description appear throughout ("The hoop-skirted branches of a magnolia tree, that staunch representative of the indestructible South, sheltered the entire right front yard").

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Avery Andrews has recently returned to Dacus, SC, after working in a large law firm in Columbia, SC.

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