Not so Southern Comfort

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The Kingdoms of Savannah is a tale of the South, but one steeped in the years of white supremacy, wealth and corruption, providing a dark background to the story, which starts with an archaeologist disappearing and her friend being murdered. Coverups and ulterior motives abound, and the man who's accused of killing Luke by burning him alive in a property hires local matriarch Morgana Musgrove and her detective agency to prove otherwise. I'm not really sure Morgana actually needs the detective agency, as she has her fingers in multiple pots as well as family members she recruits to ferret out information. On her own, Morgana's granddaughter Jac has her own motives. Luke was a friend and Stony, another friend is missing. Not one to sit on the sidelines, Jac begins doing her own investigations as well. The Musgrove family finds out that Stony has knowledge of The Kingdom, a place where free Blacks lived after being granted clemency by the Spanish, that could disrupt a planned property venture that many of the scions of the Savannah elite do not want to see scuttled. The book itself does not have the high paced intensity of many thrillers out there; in true Southern fashion it slowly sucks you as you realize deeply entrenched the rot is in the community. Green bases this fictional story on factual details about the Savannah community. In some regards they should feel unbelievable, but the sad truth of the matter is none of what happened to Black and poor people to advance the wealth and power of white elites is surprising. This isn't for someone who wants a page-turner; rather it is a literary thriller that is well researched and well worth the time for someone looking for something a little deeper.