Originally published in hardcover by Grand Central Publishing, 2008.

Book Description

As family-owned farms and lush fields in North Carolina’s picturesque countryside start to give way to shoddy mansions and housing developments, discontent begins to rile the inhabitants of Judge Deborah Knott’s beloved Colleton County. Beneath the surface of her seemingly peaceful town, a tide of corruption is rising, and even her strong-willed father might be led down a dark path.

At the same time, the murder of a controversial high-profile woman commissioner pulls Deborah and her husband, Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant, into the shadows of the past, where even the most prominent townsfolk—including the honorable judge herself—have something to hide. Intent on protecting those who love her most, Deborah must balance her own concerns with her commitment to justice, and the knowledge that a vicious killer is still on the loose.

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Critical Praise for Death's Half Acre

"Maron observes the levelheaded Knott, her large extended family, neighbors, and the whole community with cool but genuine sympathy; even criminals remain believably human. Those looking for a mellow, down-home mystery will be well rewarded.  (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"Margaret Maron's latest whodunit featuring the insatiably curious Judge Deborah Knott shows much of her usual strength in character and plot development . . . The judge's inner dialogue makes it seem like a visit with an old friend."  (Associated Press)

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