The Burying Field
Title: The Burying Field
Author: Kenneth Abel
The New South is still beholden to its past, especially in St. Tammany Parish, where justice is slow for an old black man who was attacked by high school kids and lies in a coma waiting to die.
When four white teenagers desecrate an old slave burying ground, racial tensions explode and Danny Chaisson finds himself on the wrong side of a bitter struggle over land, power, and memory in a small Louisiana town. Hired by a wealthy real estate developer to protect his interest in a valuable piece of property, Danny discovers that even the past can’t stay buried for long in the rich soil of the bayou country. As the violence spreads and more bodies surface, only Danny’s determination to dig up this region’s bloody past can stop a cycle of fear and hatred that seems as old as the land itself.
With compelling characters and dead-on dialogue, The Burying Field is an enthralling crime novel.