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Sorrow Wood

by: Raymond Atkins

Reva Blackmon is a reluctant probate judge in the small town of Sand Valley, Alabama. She lives in a rock castle with turrets and a moat thanks to Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal and walks on one leg thanks to a drunken railroad engineer on the Southern Pacific. She sings Wednesdays and Sundays in the choir at the Methodist Church and believes in reincarnation the rest of the time. Her husband, Wendell, is the love of her life, stretching back down the corridors of time.

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Raymond L. Atkins resides in Rome, Georgia. His short stories have been published in Christmas Stories From Georgia, Christmas Through a Child’s EyesThe Lavender Mountain AnthologyThe Blood and Fire ReviewThe Old Red KimonoLong Island Woman, and Savannah Magazine. His columns have appeared in The Rome News–TribuneMemphis Downtowner Magazine, and Like the Dew. His first novel, The Front Porch Prophet, was released by Medallion Press in August of 2008 and went on to win the Independent Publishers Book Award for Best Regional Fiction as well as earning Atkins the Georgia Author of the Year Award for First Novel. His second novel, Sorrow Wood, was released by Medallion Press in August of 2009 to critical acclaim. Atlanta magazine called it a “darkly humorous, casually clever mystery.” Publishers Weekly praised its “subtle humor and near pitch-perfect prose.” Camp Redemption is his third novel.  
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Reva Blackmon is a reluctant probate judge in the small town of Sand Valley, Alabama. She lives in a rock castle with turrets and a moat thanks to Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal and walks on one leg thanks to a drunken railroad engineer on the Southern Pacific. She sings Wednesdays and Sundays in the choir at the Methodist Church and believes in reincarnation the rest of the time. Her husband, Wendell, is the love of her life, stretching back down the corridors of time.

Wendell Blackmon is the disgruntled policeman in this same small town. He rides herd on an unlikely collection of reprobates, rogues with names such as Deadhand Riley, Gilla Newman, Otter Price, and Blossom Hogan. Law enforcement in this venue consists of breaking up dog fights, investigating alien abductions, extinguishing truck fires, and spending endless hours riding the roads of Sand Valley. Unlike his wife, Wendell does not believe in reincarnation. Nor does he believe in Methodism, Buddhism, or Santa Claus. But he does believe in Reva, and that belief has been sufficient to his needs over their many years together.

But the routines of Sand Valley are about to change. A burned body has been discovered at a local farm named Sorrow Wood. The deceased is a promiscuous self-proclaimed witch with a checkered past. Wendell investigates the crime, and the list of suspects includes his deputy, the entire family of the richest man in town, and nearly everyone else who knew the departed. As the probe continues, a multitude of secrets are revealed, including one that reaches from the deep past all the way to the rock castle. Who was this woman who met her end at Sorrow Wood? Where did she come from? What were the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death, and what did her presence mean to Wendell, Reva, and the remainder of the inhabitants of Sand Valley?9781934755631

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ISBN: 9781934755631
Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2009
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“Raymond L. Atkins has written a richly textured mystery, a complex blend of Southern Gothic, social satire, and page-turning whodunit. Reminiscent of Clyde Edgerton with its down-home characters, of James Wilcox with its uproarious humor, Sorrow Wood nonetheless has its own distinctive voice, and a more than distinctive charm. This is a novel destined to please many readers.” ~ Greg Johnson, Author of Pagan Babies and Women I’ve Known: New and Selected Stories


“Atkins’ flair for poetic prose is not only beautiful and enjoyable, but also clever and meaningful.” ~ Ken Anderson, Author of Someone Bought the House on the Island


“Like all great Southern writers before him, Raymond Atkins knows how to spin a yarn. With trenchant wit and lucid, poetic prose, he weaves the homely with the divine, creating characters that glow with human life. Façades don’t last long in Sorrow Wood—these people know each other whether they want to or not, and their interactions inevitably lead to the kind of conflict that bares souls. Under the skillful direction of a master storyteller, Wendell, Reva, Otter, Deadhand, Eunice, and their kin, friends, and foes, weave a plot that holds the reader fast to the page.” ~ Melanie Sumner, Author of The School of Beauty and Charm


“Sorrow Wood is sure to please readers looking for a good old-fashioned page-turning thriller, replete with a grisly murder, plenty of twists, and a surprising and yet logical ending. But it’s more than that—at bottom this is a love story between the two most unlikely guardians of the law to come along in a long, long time: Reva Blackmon, local judge, and Wendell, her policeman husband—destined to be together, perhaps since the dawn of time. A story at once funny, sad, and profoundly hopeful.” ~ Man Martin, Author of Days of the Endless Corvette