“It has been said that a lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good, just because it’s accepted by a majority. No amount of belief makes something a fact.

“Jerry Dean Pate’s insightful novel, based on a very real and dark episode of South Carolina history, bears witness to this flaw in the perspectives of many of the folks of our native state. Jerry’s crisp narrative and effective dialogue combine to make highly pleasurable the reading of a meaningful tale.”

John Clark, author of Capitol Steps and Missteps, Scenic Driving South Carolina, and Hiking South Carolina.