Originally published in hardcover by Mysterious Press, 1992. Ebook edition published 2014 by Maron & Company.
The multiple winner of the most coveted prizes for mystery fiction, including the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Anthony Awards, Margaret Maron has received immense acclaim for her highly popular Deborah Knott series. Now in her newest novel featuring the tough and quick-witted North Carolina judge, a ragtag carnival comes to Colleton County—with murder as the main attraction . . .
Opening night at the annual Harvest Festival carnival and the moonlit autumn evening has brought out half of Colleton County to ride the Tilt-O-Whirl and Ferris wheel, throw quarters at Polly’s Plate Pitch, or toss ping-pong balls into bowls of live goldfish against a cacophony of music, clacking machines, and hucksterism. The air is sweetly redolent of hot grease, fried dough, grilled meats, and spun sugar . . . and one whiff is all it takes to send Judge Deborah Knott straight back to her childhood, holding her mother’s hand, riding on the shoulders of one of her eleven brothers, or clinging to her daddy’s pants leg, dazzled by the bright neon tubes and colorful chasing lights.
Unfortunately, all is not try-your-luck and stuffed prizes this year. Murder stalks the midway, and when one gaffed game ends with a brutal death, Deborah discovers more than a body.
For hidden beneath the carnival’s razzle-dazzle surface is a sordid reality of danger, greed, and dark secrets—devastating confidences that Deborah has kept concealed for almost twenty years. Now as family loyalties war with judicial obligations, Deborah must struggle to win a carny’s trust . . . before the killer pins a bull’s-eye on yet another victim.
Critical Praise for Slow Dollar
“Maron is one of the most seamless Southern authors since Margaret Mitchell.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
“Highly recommended.” (Library Journal)
“The Knott family tree sprouts another branch, this one steeped in carnie lore, lingo, and attitudes.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Small-town carnivals are magic, and Margaret Maron bottles the enchantment in Slow Dollar.” (The New York Times)