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Slow dollar
Maron, Margaret.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2002.

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368 pages ; 23 cm
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X Adult Large Print Mystery/Suspense
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For Judge Knott, the case before her seems to be an ordinary misdemeanor--except that the personal property that's been destroyed is an inflatable carnival ride. When the carnival comes to her own town a few weeks later, Deborah soon discovers there's nothing ordinary about this rag-tag collection of rides and games.

Author Notes

Margaret Maron grew up in rural North Carolina. She attended college for two years before a summer job at the Pentagon led to marriage, a tour of duty in Italy, than several years in Brooklyn, New York before moving back to North Carolina. She is the author of the Sigrid Harald Mystery series, the Deborah Knott Mystery series, Bloody Kin, and Last Lessons of Summer. Bootlegger's Daughter won the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Awards for Best Mystery in 1992. "Up Jumps the Devil" won the 1996 "Best Novel" Agatha award. "High Country Fall" was nominated for an Agatha Award in 2004 and also picked up a Macavity nomination the following year. "Three-Day Town" won the 2011 Agatha Award for "Best Novel". "Long Upon the Land" won the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel of 2015.Margaret is a founding member and past president of sisters in Crime and of the American Crime Writer's League; She is a director on the national board for Mystery Writers of America.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Maron sets her ninth Judge Deborah Knott novel within the colorful world of carnivals. It's opening night at Dobbs' Annual Harvest Festival, and Deborah, along with half of Colleton County, North Carolina, is intent on riding the Ferris wheel, eating elephant ears, and, finally, throwing quarters at the Dozer game. When Deborah runs out of change, she steps into the interior of the game wagon, where she finds the proprietor dead on the floor, his mouth overflowing with quarters. Since her childhood friend Dwight Bryant is the sheriff's right-hand man, Deborah is soon privy to the investigation. And when matters with Dwight take a romantic turn, no one is more surprised than her at the thought that she might finally find herself in a solid relationship. Deborah's large extended family makes its customary appearance as does her feisty humor and references to her wild past. As always, the mystery takes a backseat to the engaging characters and the charming southern setting. It all goes down as easily as a serving of peach cobbler. ^-Joanne Wilkinson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Step right up! Play a game and win your girl a prize! The carnivals in town and Maron brings to this ninth Judge Deborah Knott mystery (after 2001s Uncommon Clay) the vigor and verve that have served her so well to date. Larceny, both grand and small, as well as death hover over the Ames Amusement Corporations show on its arrival in Colleton County, N.C. Deborah, her irrepressible siblings (shes one of 12, the youngest and the only female) and some newfound kinfolk gather to mourn her great-nephew and carnival worker Brazos Hartley, after the young man is stomped to death, his mouth stuffed with quarters. The rural North Carolina dialogue and carny talk are perfect, especially descriptions of food, fashion and enchanting scenery of Indian summer in the South. The author draws family relationships so clearly you feel you could melt right into the crowd for barbecue, biscuits, slaw and cobbler. Before Maron is done, theres a bizarre theft of some tacky paintings, a second murder and a steamy romance. Is Judge Knott finally going to settle down and marry? Maron is one of the most seamless Southern authors since Margaret Mitchell, yet she beautifully writes a series about a New York police detective, Lieut. Sigrid Harald, with equal authority. A Knott family tree and a glossary of carny terms round out a novel that Nero Wolfe would describe as most satisfactory! (Aug. 20) Forecast: The first Knott novel, Bootleggers Daughter, won all four major mystery awards"the Edgar, the Anthony, the Agatha and the Macavity. A national print campaign, ALA and North Carolina appearances, plus Web marketing, should ensure healthy sales. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The carnival has come to town, but it's not good news for Judge Deborah Knott: soon a carny is found murdered. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.