Aug 22, 2011
Author: John Milliken Thompson
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Other Press (June 21, 2011)
Based loosely on a bit of history set in the late 1800s, John takes a bare bones story and fleshes it out with fictional characters and events. He started out writing a non-fiction book straight from court papers, but he then began to envision the characters so clearly in his head that they took root and his imagined set of events came to life on paper.
This is the story of poor murdered Lillie and her two cousins, Tommie and Willie. Both men had at different times become enamored with Lillie and plotted futures with her. She had, for a time, lived with them in their Aunt's house and all three grew close. But then Lillie went back home and all lost touch.
Now Lillie is found dead and it seems apparent to all that the last person to see her is Tommie. Lillie is not only found murdered in the reservoir but 8 months pregnant. It is assumed that Tommie killed her and the child to continue on with his aspiring law career and not be bound by his cousin.
As he withers away in jail his brother Willie desperately seeks to find out what truly happened and it is then that family secrets start popping up regarding Lillie's side of the family.
But will secrets and truths be found in time to prove that Tommie didn't kill Lillie? Or in the end, will they prove that he did?
A good murder mystery with very authentic descriptions of the time, and the people that populated it.
This book is starting to get a lot of notice and it deserves it.