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It's the early 1960s. A boy witnesses the lynching of another boy, a crime not reported in the local newspapers. The boy vows to become a reporter to right such wrongs, and lands a job on an Arkansas newspaper. His investigations of racially prompted crimes leads him to an abandoned town, 14 missing white men, and a penetrating look into the America's struggle with freedom.
by J. Everitt Pruitt
5.0 Stars -- 11 Reviews
Here's the set-up:
In his first novel, J. Everett Prewitt brings us a gripping story of violence and transformation in a small Arkansas community during the early 1960s.
Traumatized as a child after witnessing a hanging, Anthony Andrews, the first black reporter at the Arkansas Sun, seeks to solve the mysterious abandonment of a small town and the disappearance of fourteen white men.
His investigation leads him from rural Arkansas to Cleveland, Ohio as he tries to uncover a family secret kept hidden for over a decade. The closer he gets to the truth, the more he must question his motives.
His quest not only reveals the true identity of people he has met along the way, but also points Anthony toward a path that leads to his own salvation.
Snake Walkers is a captivating book. --Midwest Book Review
Prewitt is a natural story teller. I was drawn right into the story. He captured my attention from the first paragraph. The plot carries with it all the elements of conflict, romance, and intrigue. The story unfolds a haunting theme of mystery. --Richard R. Blake, Vine Voice Top 1000 Reviewer.
"Snake Walkers is a fascinating read that revisits a horrific time in history where the lives of African Americans were tragically taken by those who wanted to suppress them." --Books2Mention Magazine.
(Prewitt) develops complex characters and a fascinating mystery with historical roots. It is an engaging novel with insights to ponder. --Small Press Review, July-August 2005, Kaye Bache-Snyder
SNAKE WALKERS is a dynamic work of fiction with a slow, deliberate pace that is reminiscent of Southern Life. The characters are well developed, colorful, flawed and each of them is transformed in the course of the story. The plot is full of twists and suspense; this adds an additional layer of richness to an already compelling work of historical fiction. -- RAWSISTAZ Reviewers. (Editor's note: RAWISTAZ is recognized by Writer's Digest as one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers for 2006 & 2008. It promotes literature by and about African-Americans.)
Everett writes with a great mastery of plot and characters capturing the attention of readers right from the riveting opening to the punding climax...This compelling page-turner marks the debut of an extremely promising new talent. --BookWire Review