Category Archives: Malone, Michael

Michael Malone. The Four Corners of the Sky. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, 2009.

Annie Peregrine never knew her mother. On Annie’s seventh birthday, her dad abandoned her. Moments before he left, he gave her a plane–not a toy plane, but a real airplane, a Piper Warrior. Annie is brought up by her aunt and uncle, and she is visiting them on her twenty-sixth birthday when she receives a call from the Miami Police Department.  It seems Annie’s dad has had quite a career as a con man.  The FBI is on his trail because they think he has a stolen Cuban relic.  In short order, Annie’s dad, Jack, calls too.  He wants Annie (now a Navy pilot) to fly that old gift plane to him.  “Meet me in St. Louis” says dad, who also claims to be dying. St. Louis is just a way station, as Annie soon heads to Miami and points south. Her goals are to help her dad and learn the name of her mother. Annie doesn’t get all that she wants, but she does have some great adventures and she finds true love. While Annie takes center stage, the book also contains stories of other members of Annie’s colorful extended family.

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Michael Malone. First Lady. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, 2001.

When a pair of teenagers found the body of a young woman in the woods on the north side of the Piedmont town of Hillston, there was a tag was affixed to her foot. The tag was addressed to Lt. Justin Saville and asked him to deliver the body to his friend, Chief of Police Cuddy Magnum. It is now several months later and the two policemen have not only failed to find the killer–nicknamed the Guess Who killer by the media–but they have also failed to determine the identity of the woman. Justin and Cuddy face media and community pressure to solve the case, but other complications arise, including the appearance a famous Irish rock star in town, the interference of crooked politicians, and several other murders. This is the third book in the Justin and Cuddy series of mysteries.

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Michael Malone. Time’s Witness. Boston: Little, Brown, 1989.

Time’s Witness is narrated by Cuddy Mangum, formerly a homocide detective and now the Chief of Police for the Piedmont town of Hillston. By his own admission Cuddy doesn’t have the best thing one can have in Hillston (class), or even the second best thing (looks). What he does have are brains and he makes use of them in this, the second of the Justin and Cuddy mysteries. With a young African-American man’s execution on the horizon, racial tensions rise in the town and things only get worse when the convict’s brother is murdered. Then a candidate for governor becomes involved and starts receiving death threats. Complicating matters is the fact that the politician’s wife is Cuddy’s first–and perhaps only real–love.

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Michael Malone. Uncivil Seasons. New York: Delacorte Press, 1983.

Boozy Justin Savile is the black sheep of one of the founding families of Hillston, NC, a fictional college town in the Piedmont where people are polite, everyone knows each other, and family is of the utmost importance. He also happens to be one of only two homicide detectives in town. When his aunt–who is the wife of a state senator–is found murdered, Justin and his working-class partner Cuddy start investigating.

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Michael Malone. The Justin and Cuddy Novels.

Justin Savile V and Cuddy Mangum and police officers in the fictional town of Hillston, N.C., a small college town described as “A Bright Star in the Flag of the New South.” All of these novels are filled with funny observations about Hillston and its citizens and provide an honest look at the continuing clash between contemporary southerners and the traditions and ideals of the Old South.

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