Randall Stargill lies dying on his Appalaciah farm and his four sons hav come home to build him a coffin from his precious cache of rosewood. Like a hovering vulture, a local real estate developer is readying an offer for the farm. And mountain wise-woman Nora Bonesteel, Randall's sweetheart of long ago, brings to light a small box to be buried with Randall - a box containing human bones.
Thus the stage is set for a tale of family strife, dark secrets, and eerie legends among mountain people torn between tradition and change. This hauntingly beautiful novel evokes the spiritually charged mountains where the night wind still sounds its eternal song.
It would have been almost impossible for McCrumb to top her last book, She Walks These Hills, one of the best mysteries of the last decade. But this story of a Southern family haunted by deeds done and undone comes very close: It's full of beautifully-observed details of everyday life which anchor the mystical moments and keep us rooted in reality. This one -- and other McCrumb classics like The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter -- are perfect gifts for readers who haven't yet found a way into the mystery genre.
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