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HEED THE APOCALYPSE
HEED THE APOCALYPSE
A Joe McGrath and Sam Rucker
Waights Taylor Jr.
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three chapters of the book.
“In this third Joe McGrath and Sam Rucker Detective Novel, set in
1963 in Birmingham, Alabama, you will witness the marches, the
planning of the civil rights leaders (Martin Luther King, Jr., Fred
Shuttlesworth, and James Bevel), and the violence and corruption of
local officials, including a police chief who strongly resembles Bull
Connor. Our Southern Home, an earlier book by Waights Taylor, is
a critically acclaimed history of Alabama in the twentieth century.
King and the civil rights movement came to Birmingham because
it was the most segregated city in America. The photographs from
the marches of snarling police dogs attacking non-violent protesters
and children being knocked to the ground by high-pressure hoses
exemplify segregation and racial injustice in America. Taylor’s
three detective novels are page-turners. You will not put Heed the
Apocalypse down. When you finish you will be shaken. You will
reflect on the courage and faith of the men, women, and children
who risked everything for justice, and the refusal of those in power to
surrender their privileges. And you will not forget Joe and Sam, the
private detectives who play key roles in this fictional and gripping
version of the major events in Birmingham.”
—Brien Farrell: Attorney, educator, and social activist
“Much like Walter Mosley has done with his characters, Waights Taylor has moved Joe and Sam into a new decade. He involves us in the milieu of Birmingham during the Civil Rights Movement in a mystery that’s action-packed from the first page and as intriguing as the human drama that fueled the period. He has another winner with Heed the Apocalypse.”
—John Koetzner: Poet, author, and former Mendocino College Library Director
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