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By John Grisham

Till that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had by no means saved a mystery or instructed a unmarried lie. yet within the lengthy, scorching summer season of his 7th 12 months, teams of migrant staff — and very risky males — got here during the Arkansas Delta to paintings the Chandler cotton farm. And without notice mysteries are flooding Luke’s world.

A brutal homicide leaves the city seething in gossip and suspicion. a stunning younger lady ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless child is born ... and a person has began furtively portray the naked clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down constitution in sparkling white. And as younger Luke watches the realm round him, he unravels secrets and techniques which could shatter lives — and alter his family members and his city forever....

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He knew that John Landmark intended for his exclusive ski resort to be the largest in the world, as well as the most renowned. It would be nestled among miles and miles of snow-covered mountain slopes and scenic wood trails; a project that would take a year to complete, maybe longer if the weather wasn’t cooperative. Landmark had handpicked a firm in Charlotte to handle the resort’s marketing and advertising, and a firm from California to take care of the landscape designs. With an undertaking of this magnitude it was important that all three entities work together if the end result was to be successful.

For years her mother had worked as a sales clerk for one of the major department stores and had recently gotten promoted to manager of her department. Her mother was a person who embraced life to the fullest and was quick to give a helping hand to others. Sage didn’t know of any other person with such a strong constitution who proved there was such a thing as super-woman. Sometimes she wondered where her mother got her energy. “Yes, sweetheart? ” “Busy as usual. Mr. ” “Alaska? This is rather sudden, isn’t it?

The Regency Corporation had built numerous upscale shopping malls, industrial office parks and department stores all over the United States in the past five years. Their biggest contract to date was the Landmark Project, which involved building a multimillion-dollar ski resort near Anchorage, Alaska. Plans were to start on it by the first of the year. The fact that a deal of that magnitude had been awarded to a company owned by two African-American men had made headlines. He and Christopher had been featured in several newspapers and magazines, and had even made the covers of Black Enterprise and Ebony, as well as being the recent recipients of Black Enterprise’s prestigious Minority Businessmen of the Year Award a few months ago.

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