The sun was rising over Moat County, Florida, when Sheriff Thurmond Call was found on the highway, gutted like an alligator. A local redneck was tried, sentenced, and set to fry. Then Ward James, a hotshot investigative reporter for the Miami Times, returns to his rural hometown with a death row femme fatale who promises him the story of the decade. She's armed with explosive evidence and aims to free-and meet-her convicted "fiance." With Ward's disillusioned younger brother Jack as their driver, they barrel down Florida's back roads and seamy places in search of the Story, racing flat out into a shocking head-on collision between character and fate as truth takes a backseat to headline news.
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by Pete Dexter
by John Steinbeck
by Dexter Palmer
by Eric Pete
by Professor Betsey Dexter Dyer
by Pete Hamill
by Pete Hautman
"Dexter excels in giving us characters that we as readers try to avoid. Sean Runnette takes Dexter's cues and runs with them through the thick Moat County, Florida, backwaters of the mid-'60s. Highly regarded news reporter Ward James is drawn back to his hometown to investigate the shady trial of a murdered sheriff by a member of the most notorious family in Moat County. The listener can feel the humidity and buzzing mosquitoes as Runnette describes how deeply this story has affected so many lives, and continues to do so many years later. Dexter and Runnette paint a vivid picture, just as relevant today, of the public's need for shocking headlines, regardless of the truth. S.C. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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