Scorched Earth

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Orion, Nov 18, 2010 - Fiction - 400 pages
3 Reviews

From the bestselling author of WAR OF THE RATS comes a novel of searing intensity and uncompromising vision . . .

The inhabitants of Good Hope, Virginia, haven't felt the cooling effects of rain in weeks. With the town a tinderbox waiting to explode, all it will take is a spark to ignite the rage and hatred so carefully hidden. And then a tragedy occurs. A baby is born and dies in her mother's arms. The child, Nora Carol, is buried quickly and quietly the next day in the churchyard. It should have ended there, but it didn't, for Nora Carol is of mixed race.

The white deacons of Good Hope's Victory Baptist Church, trying to protect the centuries-old traditions of their cemetery, have the body exhumed. That night the church is set ablaze, and the sole witness is the only suspect - Elijah, Nora Carol's father.

What follows is a legal case that reveals a host of hidden prejudices, incendiary secrets, and ultimately, an act of justice that has nothing to do with the law . . .

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User Review  - Miccosukee - LibraryThing

I greatly admire this book. Robbins transcends the mystery genre with language as sweet and rich as a mint julep on a starry night. A child is born to a black man and a white women in a small Virginia ... Read full review

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User Review  - brainella - LibraryThing

What starts as a mystery about a church arson becomes an analysis of small town racial divides and deep seated anger and bigotry. The death of a newborn baby leads to a church burning and ultimately ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

David L. Robbins is the author of several bestselling novels including THE WAR OF THE RATS. A former attorney, he now writes full-time. Visit his website at

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