Bantam, Paperback, 9780553381047, 320pp.
Publication Date: October 26, 2004
In the idyllic town of Lake Esther, Florida, little is allowed to ripple the surface calm—which is just the way Sheriff Kyle Deluth likes it. But when Deluth "removes" two young children from the local school because of the color of their skin, the sheriff's senseless act of cruelty sparks a fire under the women of Lake Esther that will scorch the lives of all involved. In their pursuit of justice, an indomitable heiress, a revered journalist, and a fading Southern Belle will forge an unlikely alliance across the racial divide. One that will change the face of the town—and their lives—forever.
Deeply moving and peopled with a rich cast of characters, Susan Carol McCarthy mines the hotbed of racism with insight and compassion. Bittersweet, inspirational and wholly compelling, True Fires confirms McCarthy’s reputation as a dazzling new voice in probing real-life events to interpret the injustices of our past.
"Provokes more than enough moral indignation on the part of the reader to keep one turning pages... well-paced."
--The Miami Herald
"Beautifully written.... McCarthy's characters are fascinatingly complex.... A sharply drawn picture of a struggle for justice against a corrupt system."