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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Color of Water comes a powerful page-turner about a runaway slave and a determined slave catcher.
©2008 James McBride; (P)2008 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"Escaped slaves, free blacks, slave-catchers and plantation owners weave a tangled web of intrigue and adventure in bestselling memoirist (The Color of Water) McBride's intricately constructed and impressive second novel, set in pre - Civil War Maryland." (Publishers Weekly)

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Spellbinding

I couldn't stop listening to this book! Leslie Uggams does such a great job narrating, that I felt I was right there in the story. The music was a good choice also. I was a little disappointed in the way it ended, but all-in-all it is a thoughtful, well written and well read book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Redemption

I redeemed myself with the book club girls. I'd recommended a couple of duds. Everyone liked this one! It felt like a spy novel or a thriller. So much insight into the covert, "intelligence" that was going on within the slave community! It was a page turner

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"Page turner" or better yet Thought turner lol

Mcbride has done it again, this story is thought provoking & historical with fictional truth involved. This is my second book of his I listened to and I enjoyed it greatly.

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1st read

kinda got lost with all the characters. Yet I did enjoy it, especially since the I saw the TV show.