Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers-and two very dangerous men-came through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And suddenly mysteries are flooding Luke's world. A brutal murder leaves the town seething in gossip and suspicion. A beautiful young woman ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless baby is born...and someone has begun furtively painting the bare clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down structure in gleaming white. And as young Luke watches the world around him, he unravels secrets that could shatter lives-and change his family and his town forever....
"Characters that no reader will forget...prose as clean and strong as Grisham has yet laid down...and a drop-dead evocation of time place that mark this novel as a classic slice of Americana."-Publishers Weekly
"Some of the finest dialogue of his career...Every detail rings clear and true, and nothing is wasted."-The Seattle Times
A MAIN SELECTION OF THE DOUBLEDAY BOOK CLUB, THE LITERARY GUILD, AND THE MYSTERY GUILD