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In 1954, the small Florida Panhandle town of Torreya had more Klansmen per acre than fire ants. Sparrow, a bag lady; Pollyanna, an auditor; and Jack, the owner of Slade’s Diner, step on fire ants and Klansmen whenever they can while an unknown archer fires fate-changing arrows at the Klan’s leadership. They are not who they appear to be, and while they take risks, they must be discrete lest they end up in the Klan’s gunsights.
When Julia and Eldon, a married couple from Harlem, New York, run afoul of the Klan because of Eldon’s pro-union stance at the sawmill, they find themselves down at the ancient hanging tree where two policemen, hiding their identity beneath white robes and hoods, are the ones holding the noose.
Meanwhile, Sparrow seems to have disappeared. When the ne’er-do-well Shelton brothers beat up the Klavern’s exalted cyclops because they think he harmed Sparrow, they, too, find themselves the focus of a KKK manhunt.
Bolstered by support from a black cat and an older-than-dirt conjure woman, Pollyanna persists in her fight against the Klan, determined to restore law and order to a town overwhelmed by corruption.
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- Norma Miles
"Who killed Cock Robin?"
The town of Torreya, 1954, and although Chief Rudy Flowers is a good man, the KKK dominate the area. But a not so little Sparrow watched, waited and took action with a little help from friends.
This is a terrific story, filled with fabulous characters, some definitely nastier than others, and great fun, too, at least in parts. Others are still horrible to contemplate from our slightly more secure seats near!y 70 years on.
Narration by Daniela Acitelli makes the story even better, her pleasantly warm voice bringing soft southern lilts alive and the protagonist voices clearly differentiated. However, this reader found her delivery a tad too slow, so increased the playback speed to 1.4. My thanks to the rights holder of Gate's Arrows, who, at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. It was an unusual and compelling read, one I'd happily recommend to adult readers, especially those who enjoy something a little quirky..
- Kerry Bark
A good listen, overall
The characters in this book were really good but there's quite a bit of jumping around of the people and the places, and that sometimes took away from the atmosphere and tension built up in the story arc. It was a really good story and I found it very interesting but it just needed to stay with the arcs a bit more.