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The Lazard Legacy
by William Rawlings, Jr.
Harbor House, 2003
Hardcover, 24.95 (308 pages)
ISBN: 1-891799-23-1
Part saga and part thriller, William Rawlings creates a memorable experience in his debut novel The Lazard Legacy. The Lazard claim to Walkerville, Georgia goes back to the marriage of Frenchman Augustin D'Ayen Lazard to the Georgia governor's daughter Elizabeth Pope Troup.

Each generation to follow bore the responsibility to community instilled into the family. However, there was a break in the bloodlines with the last off-spring. Widower Jack Lazard took a young bride, who was about the age of his son Troup and daughter Elizabeth. The May-December couple produced a son Ben. This did not sit well with Troup, who saw it as a threat to his birthright. Troup wasn't the type of man to share.

Following Jack's death, the reading of the will proved to be a shock for the young widow. Her loving husband had written her and their son out of the estate and they were immediately evicted from the Lazard homeplace. She remarried, and her new husband adopted Ben.

The adult Ben returns to Walkerville as a medical doctor. His half-brother Troup is also a doctor in the same rural hospital. Their first meeting puts them at odds, because it concerns the mysterious death of an Hispanic man -- who works for Lazard Farms. Troup immediately assumes that Ben has returned to claim a portion of the estate and threatens Ben.  However, Ben has no idea how deadly Troup can be.

Ben really has no interest in Lazard Farms and just wants to help his patients. However, things start happening that cause Ben to investigate the strange happenings around Walkerville. A beautiful bank teller requests Ben's help in solving the oddities surrounding her husband's death while flying over Lazard lands.

The Lazard Legacy is a nail-biting thriller that will keep the reader turning pages as Ben races to solve the strange deaths and discover his family secrets.

Joyce Dixon
Southern Scribe Reviews


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