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A murder mystery and a serious exploration of racism in the American South

An elderly, proud black farmer, Lucas Beauchamp, is wrongfully arrested for the murder of a white man. The lynch mob are baying for his blood. His sole hope lies with a young white boy, bent on repaying an old favour, who with the help of Lucas's cynical lawyer will work to find the truth and hatch a risky plot to prove his innocence.

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A work of timeless importance

New York Times

He has written a novel which in form is a thriller - and a very good thriller too - but this without distracting from its profundity

New Statesman

There is an extraordinary vigor and power in his writing, a feverish urge toward description in which words combine in a dense web of meaning

Chicago Tribune

The greatest American writers of the last century were William Faulkner and Saul Bellow

Philip Roth

In a single brief decade, Faulkner had produced more lasting works of fiction than many great writers do in a lifetime

Guardian

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  • Paperback

    9780099740315

    October 1, 2015

    Vintage Classics

    256 pages

    RRP $19.99

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