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P.J. Parrish

P.J. Parrish is the pseudonym of two sisters: Kristy Montee, a Florida journalist, and Kelly Montee, a former manager of a Philadelphia, Mississippi casino and now a resident of Southaven, Mississippi. Dark of the Moon (1999) was the first in a series of novels featuring their biracial protagonist Louis Kincaid. Set in the 1980s, Kincaid relocates from Detroit to his Mississippi hometown of “Black Pool” in order to be with his dying mother. Soon after obtaining a job as a deputy sheriff, a shallow grave discloses the body of a young, black man lynched twenty years earlier. Kincaid’s investigation meets resistance from the sheriff and local leaders. The second Parrish novel, Dead of Winter (2001), received an Edgar nomination, while the third, Paint It Black (2002), garnered a Shamus nomination.

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