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Bootlegger's Daughter | [Margaret Maron]

Bootlegger's Daughter

Attorney Deborah Knott is North Carolina's answer to V.I. Warshawski, a legal sleuth with a knack for sniffing out the most baffling crimes. Deborah has just done the unthinkable: entered the heated race for judge of old-boy-ruled Colleton County. The only female candidate, she's busy reeling in voters and giving campaign speeches. There couldn't be a worse time for Gayle Whitehead to beg Deborah to investigate the 18-year-old unsolved murder of Gayle's mother, Janie.
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Publisher's Summary

With a steamy Southern plot and a sassy new heroine, this Edgar Award-winning novel debuts an exceptional new series. Attorney Deborah Knott is North Carolina's answer to V.I. Warshawski, a legal sleuth with a knack for sniffing out the most baffling crimes. Deborah has just done the unthinkable: entered the heated race for judge of old-boy-ruled Colleton County. The only female candidate, she's busy reeling in voters and giving campaign speeches. There couldn't be a worse time for Gayle Whitehead to beg Deborah to investigate the 18-year-old unsolved murder of Gayle's mother, Janie. Gayle wants the busy attorney to poke around for any new clues the police may have missed all these years. Unlikely, thinks Deborah; until she discovers that not all the details of Janie's case made it out of confidential police files.

Filled with the patter of Southern voices and populated with a cast of colorful characters, Bootlegger's Daughter expertly unwinds a funny, cunningly-crafted tale of mystery and deceit in North Carolina's backwoods.

Don't miss the other books in the Deborah Knott mystery series.

©1992 Margaret Maron; (P) Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner, Best Novel, 1993

"Filled with good-ole-boy pitter patter and detailed local color, the story flows smoothly." (Publishers Weekly)
"A fine start to a promising new series." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Veronica Topeka, KS, USA 06-25-04
    Veronica Topeka, KS, USA 06-25-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellent -book"

    This book is a great read or listen, which ever your preference. It is the first in the series that I listened too, and it got me hooked. I love Judge Deborah Knot series and highly recommend them. While it is true there is a lot going on, it is all connected and well written that I kept finding myself going "Ah ha!" as I put the pieces together. Great for anyone who loves a good tale and likes getting lost in the story!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Debora Concord, CA, United States 07-08-04
    Debora Concord, CA, United States 07-08-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Good read"

    I enjoyed this, the first of the Deborah Knott series of books by Margaret Maron. She writes about where she is from, and she obviously knows well the people and the area. Ms. Maron weaves an enjoyable story combining a mystery with tales of the people of the south. Her characters are likeable and colorful. I look forward to reading more of the series and meeting more of Deborah Knott's family and friends.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    M. Byerly Carrollton, TX, United States 01-06-14
    M. Byerly Carrollton, TX, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful Series"

    I love a good series... one you can settle into and get to know the characters ... and this is just such a series. I'm finishing book #11 now and can honestly say, I like the series and the characters more with each book. I love the consistency of having the same narrator, CJ Critt, and like the fact that she doesn't "overdo" the southern "thang". She has a comfortable, easy listening voice with just enough country in it to fit the setting, in my opinion.

    Deborah Knott, the main character, is an intelligent, educated woman in her 30's as the series begins. She's been around the block a few times and after a bit of a rough start when she first left home, she settled down, earned a law degree, returned to her hometown in North Carolina and is now running for judge. The stories are a wonderful mix of her life as a judge and her large family, consisting of her father (who was indeed a bootlegger "back in the day") and eleven (yes, 11) older brothers and their wives and assorted nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. That may sound a little much ... but trust me, it all blends well and makes for interesting story lines. Every story has a mystery and somehow Deborah winds up in the middle of it every time, whether by accident or her curiosity that is hard to control. She has an easy way about her and her integrity and feistiness come through in the stories. She still has a respect and love for her country roots, but she's definitely her own woman and there's a lot of humor in the writing.

    I highly recommend these and hope you enjoy them as much as I have. There are some tough stories, but the books are not gritty and depressing, and are more of a cozy mystery series. Mrs. B.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 11-13-12
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun and Easy"

    Margaret Maron does not disappoint. Her first Deborah Knox mystery kept me guessing right up until the end - incorrectly at that! Maron's book is easy going and light, great for listening in the car. The Bootlegger's Daughter is enjoyable and clearly sets the stage for more Deborah Knox mysteries to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Fairfax, VA, USA 02-11-10
    Cheryl Fairfax, VA, USA 02-11-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Mediocre performance"

    I love Margaret Maron's books, and speaking as a native Southerner, she gets the ambience just right. But what on earth possessed the producer to select a narrator who hasn't got (and can't do) a southern accent??? It's a completely different experience from reading the books, and not in a good way.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    M. I. Burrell Fort Worth 07-18-14
    M. I. Burrell Fort Worth 07-18-14 Member Since 2009

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    "southern syrup and inconsistent heroine"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    herione isn't consistent. someone lies to her repeatedly, sabotages her and admits it and she wanders around a fourth of the novel with him.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Margaret Maron again?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The mystery is adequate but not great. I found all the “how wonderful” the South is ploys a bit annoying. But I really found an aside that integration worked much better in the South than it ever would in the North that had nothing to do with the story objectionable. Based on this ethnocentric nonsense I won’t be reading anything further in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Ocala, FL United States 05-19-14
    Laura Ocala, FL United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2008
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    "The story takes too long to get interesting"
    What did you like best about Bootlegger's Daughter? What did you like least?

    Sorry, nothing to say. I can from the "if you can't say something nice" era


    What could Margaret Maron have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Faster pace, I usually listen as I drive, and the story did not hold my intrest


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    You can only read the book as written. The narration was adequate, maybe just not my cup of tea


    Was Bootlegger's Daughter worth the listening time?

    No, I love mysteries, legal thrillers and medical thrillers. It's getting harder to find a series that is worth no only the money but my time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mystery Beading Cat Hawaii 07-28-12
    Mystery Beading Cat Hawaii 07-28-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great story...average narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bootlegger's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    Never read the book...I like audio books.


    What didn???t you like about C.J. Critt???s performance?

    It sounds like she has a cold. Very nasal reading...almost turned me off from the book. And the accent was not realistic.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 05-11-04
    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 05-11-04
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    "Too confusing"

    There were just too many things going on in this book--too many plots, too many characters. Perhaps this is a book that should be read, not listened to. I had trouble remembering who was who. I thought the ending was weak. I did enjoy the main characters and the narration was well done.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Lewis Clayton Jr. 03-11-08 Member Since 2007
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    "boring"

    Boring book. Keep looking!

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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