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When Ghosts Come Home: A Novel (edição 2021)

por Wiley Cash (Autor)

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Título:When Ghosts Come Home: A Novel
Autores:Wiley Cash (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow (2021), 304 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Etiquetas:Southern lit, NC writer

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When Ghosts Come Home por Wiley Cash

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So much more than a mystery set in a small North Carolina coastal town, Cash’s latest book takes on the racial prejudices and corruption. Winston Barnes, is the town’s kindly, ethical sheriff. When a plain crashes at the airport in the middle of the night, he discovers the body of a dead Black man and an empty cargo plane. A bigoted opponent in the upcoming election for sheriff spreads the word that the young man found is involved in the sale of narcotics. Winston, working with the FBI, struggles to find leads in the murder. Along with this he’s also dealing with arson fires in the development owned by Bradley Frye, his opponent in the sheriff’s election, the return of his daughter, Colleen, after the stillborn death of her baby, and his beloved wife’s cancer. The conclusion will bring a satisfying if sad ending to the story and justice prevails. JD Jackson’s narration brings a feeling of the slower pace of the south and authenticity to the storyline. ( )
  brangwinn | Nov 23, 2021 |
Sheriff Winston Barnes has his hands full. An empty, crashed plane.... a dead man who has been shot lying next to it...a wife suffering from cancer...a daughter who has returned home months after losing her baby... and an election for his office of sheriff that he is almost certain to lose. to an avowed racist who is terrifying the local black community. Add to this mess a woman who has become a widow with a brother that has come from Atlanta to live with her after a robbery attempt. He has deputies working for him whose loyalties are more than questionable...plus an FBI pilot come to repair and demanding to take away the plane that he’s not ready to release. Add all this together and you have all the ingredients for an extremely satisfying read ( )
  Carol420 | Nov 17, 2021 |
Starts with Sheriff Barnes being called out when an airplane, now abandoned, is found along with the body of a young black man. The novelty for me was the setting, which was Oak Island, a show on TV that is now in it's third season. Not that I've watched it but have seen the blurbs. So, that's the mystery but this book is only a mystery as to the who and why. It is more a story about the racial tensions in this town. With flag flying white supremacists, who are trying to drive the blacks living in the Glades, out of town.

It is also multi threaded as it is also a character study and a personal story. The Barnes adult married daughter returns home after suffering a personal grief. All this combines has the makings of a good and fast paced story. I have enjoyed this author's books in the past and this was no exception. The ending though, I thought, was rushed, but unexpected and shocking as well. However, thinking about it for a few days, it made sense. I even remember having a few suspicions while reading, wondering how this was a going to conclude. I still though wish it could have ended differently.

The narration by JD Johnson was terrific. ( )
  Beamis12 | Nov 13, 2021 |
Cash lives up to his early promise and surpasses A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME in this family oriented, murder mystery, plane crash, racial tension, political story. That sounds like a lot, but Cash expertly guides the reader through this complicated, but easy to follow, tale right through to its explosive conclusion.
Winston Barnes, a small-town Southern sheriff, discovers a too large plane crashed at the local airport along with the murdered body of a local, young Black man. Complications abound with the upcoming sheriff’s election, a grief-stricken daughter suddenly landing on his doorstep, a conniving developer who is also his political opponent, and now, a resurgence of Klan type bedeviling of the Black community. Cash deftly delivers the atmosphere of a Southern town, well developed characters, believable situations and a tightly conceived plot.
Book groups will find a number of topics for discussion. Well worth your time even if you were disappointed in Cash’s last two books.
5 of 5 stars ( )
  beckyhaase | Nov 12, 2021 |
I like this author and have read several of his books. I did really enjoy this one as well, the plot and characters were well done. I have a problem with the ending, however as several threads were left dangling, I suppose leaving the door open for a sequel. This is annoying. Some big questions were left unanswered. So, I both recommend and don't recommend this one. ( )
  jldarden | Nov 2, 2021 |
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