Title: River Rising
Author: Athol Dickson
When he arrives in Louisiana in 1927, Hale Poser finds racial prejudices missing from the small town of Pilotsville, but while searching for a missing child, he uncovers evidence of the town’s darker side.
Welcome to Pilotville, Louisiana, 1927, isolated outpost on the Mississippi River — a stilt village bounded by swampland to the horizon, accessible only by boat, an island of brotherly love in a sea of racism. Meet Hale Poser, a stranger with a bad hip who’s come looking for his roots — a humble man, a righteous man, a miracle man. In the swamp beyond the cypress and the tupelo and veiled by Spanish moss lies a lingering evil. For years it slept in dreadful isolation. Now comes Hale Poser, and it will sleep no more. It will rain down on Pilotville, it will rise up like a river, and nothing but a miracle can stop this awful flood.