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Fate Moreland's Widow (2015)
John Lane
"Ben Crocker is a sympathetic but sharp-eyed protagonist, torn by his loyalty to his family and mill workers on one hand and on the other, his ambition and opportunity to work for the powerful McCanes. John Lane weaves in descriptions of the mill, the town, and the McCane family's fiefdom, with rich character dynamics and a compelling plot. Whether it's the German hired to drag the lake, the palpable tension in the courtroom scene, or the Baptist funeral, John has captured the sense of place that brings to mind the fiction of Ron Rash and Robert Morgan. This is a story that needs to be told and that deserves to be read."

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