About this book
A new novel from the acclaimed author of "Black Water Rising", which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Set in the American South in the 21st century, on a plantation owned for generations by a rich family, it's a tale of murder, politics, race, the law, family and love. It's also a gripping and tragic thriller. 'Attica Locke is a stand-out in every way.' James Ellroy
Just after dawn, Caren walks the grounds of Belle Vie, the plantation house in Louisiana that she has managed for four years. Today she sees nothing unusual, apart from some ground that has been dug up by the fence bordering the sugar can fields. Assuming an animal has been out after dark, she asks the gardener to tidy it up. It is a dead body.