'Enthralling . . . The landscape is brilliantly described, the major characters and the bit parts all spring to life vividly . . . it is my tip to win a major literary prize' Literary Review
April 1927. After months of rain, the Mississippi River has reached dangerous levels and the little town of Hobnob is at threat. Residents fear the levee will either explode under the pressure of the water or be blown by saboteurs from New Orleans, who wish to save their own city.
But when an orphaned baby is found, the lives of Ingersoll, a blues-playing prohibition agent, and Dixie Clay, a bootlegger who is guarding a terrible secret, collide. They can little imagine how events are about to change them - and the great South - forever.
For in the dead of night, after thick, illusory fog, the levee will break . . . 'This gritty, vivid tale is even more impressive than Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter' Financial Times 'There are thrills and nail-biting aplenty and Franklin and Fennelly's characters are each beautifully, fully realized. A novel whose presence stays long after it is put aside' Observer
'An epic tale of loyalty and betrayal' Irish Times
Tom Franklin is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter which was nominated for nine awards and won the prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Beth Ann Fennelly's honors include the Kenyon Review Prize and three inclusions in The Best American Poetry. Fennelly has published three volumes of poetry, along with her non fiction book, Great With Child. She directs the University of Mississippi's MFA program. They live in Oxford, Mississippi with their three children.