By John Grisham
Until eventually that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had by no means saved a mystery or instructed a unmarried lie. yet within the lengthy, scorching summer time of his 7th 12 months, teams of migrant employees — and very harmful males — got here during the Arkansas Delta to paintings the Chandler cotton farm. And without warning mysteries are flooding Luke’s world.
A brutal homicide leaves town seething in gossip and suspicion. a stunning younger girl ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless child is born ... and somebody has began furtively portray the naked clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down constitution in sparkling white. And as younger Luke watches the realm round him, he unravels secrets and techniques which may shatter lives — and alter his relatives and his city forever....
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The instant she came within his reach, Douglas caught her around the waist. She didn’t scream, but the terrified little panting sounds she made seemed even worse. Alan’s stomach lurched. He didn’t like this. He didn’t like it at al . The expression on Douglas’s face was evil. Evil and cruel. His whiskey-colored eyes gleamed with unholy excitement. Alan stepped forward. “Let the girl go, Douglas. ” His prey ensnared, Douglas discarded the shawl to press his hand over Annie’s wel -rounded posterior.
Because he’s a chicken-livered little turncoat, that’s why. I had too much to drink and things got out of hand. ” It seemed to Alex that the lantern light pulsated, glowing brightly one second, dimming slightly the next. ” Permanent harm? ” Douglas huffed under his breath as though the charge was preposterous. “By definition, rape occurs when a man forces his unwanted attentions on a female. ” “Only look at how she dresses and comports herself! Wearing naught but a thin camisole and bloomers under her dress, no corset or petticoats to conceal her shape.
Damn it, just you think about it, Montgomery. My daughter is a moron. Al her life, she’s been a target for torment. Why do you think she skulks away to hide in the woods whenever she spies people? Children throw stones at her. At every opportunity, they play cruel tricks on her. Today your brother simply carried the abuse a step further. If it becomes public knowledge, another young man may figure it can’t hurt to do the same. To protect her, we’d have to keep her locked up, and if it comes to that, we may as wel institutionalize her.