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The Scribe

by Matthew Guinn

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The Scribe by Matthew Guinn
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  • Published Sep 2015
    304 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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After leaving Atlanta in disgrace three years before, detective Thomas Canby is called back to the city on the eve of Atlanta's 1881 International Cotton Exposition to partner with Atlanta's first African American police officer, Cyrus Underwood. The case they're assigned is chilling: a serial murderer who seems to be violently targeting Atlanta's wealthiest black entrepreneurs. The killer's method is both strange and unusually gruesome. On each victim's mutilated body is inscribed a letter of the alphabet, beginning with "M." The oligarchy of Atlanta's most prominent white businessmen - the same men who ran Canby out of town, known more openly before Reconstruction as "the Ring" - is anxious to solve the murders before they lose the money they've invested in both the exposition and the city's industrialization, even if resolution comes at the expense of justice.

After Canby's arrival the murders become increasingly disturbing and unpredictable, and his interference threatens to send the investigation spinning off in the wrong direction. As the toll of innocent victims rises, Canby must face down enduring racism, and his own prejudices, to see clearly the source of these bloody crimes. Meanwhile, if he can restore his reputation, he might win back the woman he loves.

With scrupulous attention to historical detail, Edgar Award finalist Matthew Guinn draws readers into a vortex of tense, atmospheric storytelling, confronting the sins and fears of both old South and new.

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"Starred Review. Graphic gothic horror and 19th-century American caste politics meld with unsettling force in this (often literally) scorching whodunit…an intricately woven page-turner... Too much of a stretch? Wait till you see who - or what - is behind the mayhem." -Kirkus

"Starred Review. The richness of the characters and period detail make the prospect of a sequel welcome." - Publishers Weekly

"[A]n absorbing historical mystery filled with evocative period detail, a brooding atmosphere of corruption and pervasive evil, and compelling characters." - Booklist

"Talk about turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, Matthew Guinn nails turn-of-the-twentieth-century Southern history. Guinn captures the look and feel of Georgia perfectly. It's a whodunit with a twist…a heady mix of history, sizzle, punch, and danger." - Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author of The Patriot Threat

"Matthew Guinn makes the reader realize that the present is an extension of the past, and our predecessors are not our predecessors but are us. The Scribe is a remarkable book and hard to put down. " - James Lee Burke, New York Times best-selling author of the Dave Robicheaux series and two-time Edgar Award winner

"The Scribe creates a nightmare, penetrates the darkness, and balances ever so nimbly between the surreal and the physical worlds. Yet there is hope, always hope, and you'll follow that light at the end of the tunnel to see where Guinn will take you. " - Michael Farris Smith, author of Rivers

"Matthew Guinn is the real thing: a Southern literary craftsman who knows how to write a thriller. Do yourself a favor and read him." - Greg Iles, New York Times best-selling author of Natchez Burning

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Matthew Guinn

Matthew Guinn's first novel, The Resurrectionist, was a finalist for the Edgar Award. A native Atlantan, he now lives with his family in Jackson, Mississippi.

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