Home Fires - Judge Deborah Knott, Bk 6 Author:Margaret Maron North Carolina Judge Deborah Knott engages in her own investigation of an arsonists in the midst of campaigning for reelection in the sixth installment of this award-winning series. — At a stop along her campaign trail, Judge Deborah Knott attends a community picnic at the Mt. Olive Church. When the historic building is destroyed by a fire shortl... more »y after the outing - and the charred skeleton of young man is found among the ashes - Knott begins her own investigation into the tragedy. Earlier national news reports of a fire at a local African-American church had already gained attention of Wallace Adderly, a Black Panther from the '70s. Knott and Adderly team up to discover if the blazes are merely coincidence, or the work of a racist arsonist. As the number of suspects rises, Deborah finds herself re-examining her own beliefs and values as she and Adderly race to prevent another devastating loss in the community.« less
Judge Deborah Knott loves her close-knit Southern family, but know they're not all angels. Still, she's shocked when her rowdy nephew A. K. is caught vandalizing a cemetery with a group of teens -- and then suspected in the torching of an African-American church. Torn between duty and family loyalty, Deborah investigates, stirring up long-smoldering sins and secrets. When several fire-breathing players appear on the scene -- including an African-American female prosecutor and a charismatic preacher - the sparks explode. Now suddenly, Judge Knott faces a dark, deadly case that threatens to consume her family, her beliefs, and her very life.