by Sam Hill
Category: Fiction / Mystery
0 pages; ISBN: 0786713909
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Carroll & Graf, 2004, $25.00, 325 pp.
University of Georgia professor Jay Pope-Scott, whose Dixie theories on race has angered the world outside of a few white supremacists, believes his cousin stole the "Bloody Red Rag" from him. This legendary Confederate flag supposedly stopped the flow of blood from dying Stonewall Jackson. Jay asks research expert Top Kiernan to regain his valuable possession. Top would prefer to refuse his client, but he takes on the job because Top has competition now. His former lover and ex partner Gillie Lynfield is stealing his customers and has even lured away some of his better talent.
Top and associates investigates the stolen flag by visiting Confederate supporter collectors throughout the region; especially concentrating on those, who could not care less about ownership as possession is ten tenths of a collection. However, the Klan and other white supremacy groups who believe in Professor Jay’s genetic theories on whites mixing with blacks dilute the former but improve the latter, abortion bombers, and even law enforcement want to collect Top.
The buzz about Sam Hill’s latest mystery is that this is an exciting action-packed tale that never slows down even when the reader finishes the novel. The cast seems out of a Florida zany mystery but located in Georgia with the stipulation that just about everyone wants to do harm to get what he or she desires. Jay’s theories alone are worth the price of admission as the audience will laugh out loud at his assertions on race, but that is the subtly underneath the zaniness of this wild ride as Sam Hill uses hyperbole along the lines of Swift’s A Modest Proposal to show how asinine racism actually is.
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