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A Dead Man's Honor
by Frankie Y. Bailey
A Silver Dagger Mystery, 2001
ISBN: 1-57072-171-8


Crime historian Lizzie Stuart has a vested interest in spending the year at Piedmont State University. As a twelve-year old, her grandmother Hester Rose, witnessed a lynching. The story has been handed down through the generations and Lizzie believes the time is right for her to research a book about the event and set her own ghosts to rest.

Unbeknownst to her, John Quinn, a police officer she met in England and has been corresponding with via e-mail, has also applied for a job at Piedmont State University. Like Lizzie, he has issues to sort through.

When an erudite but arrogant professor at the university is murdered on Halloween, Lizzie and John are forced to confront their ghosts and their feelings for one another.

A Dead Man's Honor, the second book in the "Lizzie Stuart" series allows the reader behind the scenes in academic circles. Dr. Frankie Bailey, who teaches criminal justice in Albany, New York, acknowledges that her work as a fiction writer is influenced by her research as a criminologist. She has uses her fiction to explore issues of race, class, and gender.
Pam Kingsbury
Southern Scribe Reviews


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