From the book jacket:
Winter is on the wane in northwestern
Vermont. The moon hangs bright and cold in
the silvery night sky over hundreds of
square miles of a peaceful, dormant
landscape of dairy farms. Young Bobby Cutts
enters the family barn to tend to the beasts
and encounters a nightmare. Suddenly
surrounded by bolts of fire, Bobby and the
entire herd perish in a stampeding, hellish
circle of flames.
Called to the scene to investigate, Joe Gunther instantly recognizes arson. But by whom? And for what possible reason? There is little insurance, the family is loving and tightly knit, and there are few neighborhood animosities.
Yet murder this is, and Gunther quickly ...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
- PW Starred Review
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