Originally published in hardcover (left) by Mysterious Press, 2000. Ebook edition published 2013.
Agatha Winner, Best Novel of 2000.
“A witty and affectionate view of the new South—and especially, the new South’s new woman,” writes the San Diego Union-Tribune of Margaret Maron’s award-winning Deborah Knott mystery series. From its first book, Bootlegger’s Daughter, which swept every major mystery writing award, this series has been extraordinary—winning a greater audience and brilliantly evolving in content and style. Now, in the seventh book in the series, sexual tension, illicit love, and brutal murder entangle and explode in Deborah Knott’s life . . .
Hurricanes rarely make it inland as far as Colleton County, North Carolina. When they do, people remember them as events that mark an entire generation. Domestic storms, on the other hand, hit with regularity. But when the scantily clad body of a promiscuous wife is found in a motel, the killing resounds like a thunderclap through the community.
With her handsome cousin a suspect in the murder, Judge Deborah Knott gets personally involved in the case. She soon uncovers a web of secret and illicit affairs that stretches from the African-American church community to Deborah’s own family. Then the murderer strikes again, even as a real-life killer storm rages up the Carolina coast. Hurricane Fran, bearing powers that can alter the landscape forever, will deliver a revelation to Deborah Knott about those closest to her—and a justice greater than man’s own.
Mesmerizing, psychologically complex, and cleverly plotted with surprises and twists, STORM TRACK is great, powerful fiction . . . and Margaret Maron is at her best.
Critical Praise for Storm Track
"A riveting tale of lust, betrayal, and family secrets . . . I know of no other writer better at conveying a sense of place than Maron. North Carolina has never been more vibrant than in STORM TRACK." (Chicago Plain Dealer)
"A fast-paced tale . . . right on target." (Chicago Tribune)
"Maron writes with wit and sophistication . . . Down-home setting and racy plot combine to make it a very tasty whodunit . . . in this entertaining regional mystery series." (USA Today)
"An enchanting regional series . . . Deborah is the voice of sanity and the soul of wit." (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review)
"An entertaining and perfectly creditable performance . . . It works." (Washington Post Book World)
"[Maron's] characters spring to life . . . [This book is] a very nice surprise." (Boston Globe)
"This series is like sweet iced tea on an August day in North Carolina—near impossible to resist." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"For accuracy, her hurricane descriptions rival the Weather Channel's, and nobody's better at showing racial distrust and love gone awry, be they between adults or between parents and children." (Kirkus)