Reviews of Bootlegger's Daughter (1992)
Review by michael a draper (2012-03-21)
North Carolina in the 1970s still had strained relationships between blacks and whites. Opinions about gay lifestyles were something that weren't talked about.
In May of 1977 the body of a murdered woman was found. Her infant was with her but was unharmed.
In 1990, defense attorney, Deborah Knott sees legal injustice by a judge in his courtroom. His prejudice against blacks was so obvious that Deborah decides to run against the judge in the upcoming elections.
Jed Whitehead, a childhood friend of Deborah and her brothers, tells her that his daughter, Gayle, wants to look into her mother's killing. Now age 18, Gayle has funds from a trust fund and is able to hire an investigator.
Since Deborah and Gayle are friends, Gayle pleads with her to run the investigation and mix it in with her campaign for the judgeship.
The setting of North Carolina is well detailed and it is easy picturing the action as it takes place before us.
With Deborah running for office, the reader is treated to intimate descriptions of political rallies and Church picnics where Deborah gossips about the life and times, and looks for voter support.
A very enjoying novel and well deserving of the literary awards it has received.
(This review refers to the 1992 version titled “Bootlegger's Daughter”)