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Civil Rights, Mississippi, and the Novelist's Craft

John Armistead

book cover, A Legacy of Vengeance by John Armistead
A Legacy of Vengeance (1994) is the first novel by John Armistead, a Baptist preacher from Tupelo, Mississippi. Tension develops between whites and blacks in a Mississippi hill community when four murders appear linked to events of thirty years ago.

P.J. Parrish

book cover, Dark of the Moon by PJ Parish
Another first novel is Dark of the Moon (1999) by P.J. Parrish, the pseudonym for a writing team of two sisters. When a hunter uncovers the bones of a lynching victim, a cop with a mixed-race heritage sets out to uncover the truth.