by Jonathan Grant
Paperback, 462 pages
Expected publication: May 14th 2012 by Thornbriar Press
Down-and-out Atlanta writer Charlie Sherman has no idea what madness awaits him when a mysterious stranger convinces him to finish a dead man’s book about a horrific crime that's gone unpunished for decades.
What Charlie inherits is an unwieldy manuscript about the mob-driven expulsion of more than 1,000 blacks from Forsyth County, Georgia in 1912. During the course of his work, Charlie uncovers a terrible secret involving a Forsyth County land grab. Due to its proximity to Atlanta, the stolen farm is now worth $20 million—and a sale is pending.
When he finds the land’s rightful owner, Charlie becomes convinced he's been chosen by a Higher Power to wreak justice and vengeance on those who profit from evil.
And then things go horribly wrong.
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND: Forsyth County, Georgia, bordering the black mecca of Atlanta (and famous as the birthplace of Hee-Haw’s Junior Samples), has existed for most of the past century as an intentionally all-white community following one of the 20th century’s most violent racist outrages--including lynching, nightriding, and arson--in 1912.
In 1987, the sleepy community gained notoriety when a small march led by civil rights firebrand Hosea Williams was broken up by rock- and bottle-throwing Klansmen, neo-Nazis, and their sympathizers. Bloody but unbowed, Williams returned the next week with 25,000 followers in one of largest civil rights marches in history. There was talk of reparations. Oprah came. Protests and counter-protests yielded a landmark Supreme Court case on free speech. But most importantly, white people flocked to Forsyth. It became the fastest- growing county in the nation, the richest one in Georgia, and one of the twenty wealthiest in the U.S.
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I'm African American; and I grew up in the South. The Lord has blessed me to have not experienced racism first hand. I normally only read YA and paranormal books for this blog. Yet in the light of the Trayvon Martin incident, books like this intrigue me. So when I received the review request from the author, I accepted. I received my paperback copy recently, so look out for my review within the next month or two.