Is it possible that three people were murdered because of something they found on an old reel of microfilm? That’s what newspaperman Luther Surles wants to find out in this mystery that moves between the Court of Queen Elizabeth I and present day Greenville and Lumberton, North Carolina.
Carl Burden and Luther Surles met when they were covering a Klan rally in Robeson County in 1958. Carl was a cub reporter; Luther had been a newspaperman for a few years. Luther stayed in journalism, but Carl went to graduate school and eventually became a history professor at East Carolina University. Carl’s research interest is the Lost Colony and a possible connection between the colonists and the Lumbee Tribe.
Carl’s new graduate student, the lovely Roberta Locklear, is also interested in a Lost Colony-Lumbee connection, and soon both Carl’s research and his love life heat up. But Roberta has her own history, and Luther begins to suspect that some piece of that ties into Carl’s murder. This novel moves weaves stories of the wars, exploitation, and double-dealing of earlier centuries with a very twenty-first century story of property development and greed. As a bonus, the book contains a novel-within-a-novel–Carl’s historical novella on the Lost Colony.
Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.