- By Terry Hoover

Double Dead

  • Title: Double Dead
  • Author: Terry Hoover
  • ISBN: 9781594145872
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Double Dead Summer Yo yos are the latest craze Teenagers are mad for madras JFK has faced down Castro and the French are fawning over the First Lady but suburbanites in Charlotte North Carolina a big smal

    Summer 1961 Yo yos are the latest craze Teenagers are mad for madras JFK has faced down Castro and the French are fawning over the First Lady, but suburbanites in Charlotte, North Carolina, a big small town with aspirations, are building bomb shelters in the back yard Things really heat up when John Latti, a wealthy local banker, is arrested for the murder of his mSummer 1961 Yo yos are the latest craze Teenagers are mad for madras JFK has faced down Castro and the French are fawning over the First Lady, but suburbanites in Charlotte, North Carolina, a big small town with aspirations, are building bomb shelters in the back yard Things really heat up when John Latti, a wealthy local banker, is arrested for the murder of his mistress Delores Green After exposing a scandal among management that destroyed his career and his wife s, former newspaper reporter Steve Harlan is eking out a living as a private investigator, when an invitation to join the defense team offers him the big break he has been praying for His jubilation is tempered, however, when he learns how heartlessly Latti has involved Delores s 13 year old son Latti admits bringing Delores s body home and bullying her son into helping him make it appear she died a natural death, but claims she was a secret alcoholic who drank herself to death and all he s guilty of is a cover up.But the Medical Examiner says the 200 bruises on her body make it murder Latti insists Delores acquired the bruises when she went missing two nights before her death, but the only witness who might confirm his story has also mysteriously disappeared.Battling his ambivalence toward his client as well as the Prosecution, Steve races to unearth evidence that will save Latti from the gas chamber and protect his own family from someone who will do anything to keep it hidden.

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    1. Book Review: Southern Murder Mystery Double DeadDouble Dead, the debut Southern murder mystery by Terry Hoover, has been called a “standout by any standard” by Mystery Scene Magazine. I agree and so do the American Library Association's Booklist and several mystery authors. (In the interest of full disclosure, the author is my wife.)As the book begins, it's summer 1961 in Charlotte, NC. People are thinking about yo-yos, madras and the A-bomb. The heat picks up when wealthy banker John Latti [...]

    2. The main appeal of this book for me is that it is set in Charlotte, NC in the 1960s and bears more than a passing resemblance to the 1961 murder of Delette Nycum. Check out the book Charlotte: Murder, Mystery and Maynem, by David Moore for more on that.Ex-reporter turned private eye, Steve Harlan, is recruited to assist the defense team for wealthy banker, John Lattimore. Mr. Lattimore is accused of beating his long time mistress, Delores Green, to death and then coercing her son to move the bod [...]

    3. This book emits mixed feelings. A leading citizen is arrested and brought to trial for supposedly killing his"girlfriend". An ex newspaper reporter, and now private investigator, Steve Harlan is aiding the lawyer handling the defense. A single mother, Delores Green, is dead; and the coroner or well as the rest of the town wonder if John Lattimore killed Delores or if too much alcohol killed Delores. Poor Delores has over 200 bruises on her body, and no one can determine if the bruises happened p [...]

    4. Double Dead takes you back to the 1960s, a simpler timeunless your Steve Harlan. Steve is hand picked by a prominent defense attorney to get the facts about a high-profile murder case involving a local bank executive. The story pulls you in from the first chapter and keeps you guessing until the end. If you enjoy a good mystery, I'd definitely recommend Double Dead.

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