The Trees (Paperback)Percival Everett (author)
A series of murders in rural Mississippi carry echoes of harrowing events from 65 years ago in Everett’s powerful novel that combines a page-turning detective narrative with a searing critique of racism and police violence.
Shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2022
Sunday Times Novel of the Year 2022
The Trees is a page-turner that opens with a series of brutal murders in the rural town of Money, Mississippi.
When a pair of detectives from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation arrive, they meet expected resistance from the local sheriff, his deputy, the coroner, and a string of racist White townsfolk. The murders present a puzzle, for at each crime scene there is a second dead body - that of a man who resembles Emmett Till, a young black boy lynched in the same town 65 years before.
The detectives suspect that these are killings of retribution, but soon discover that eerily similar murders are taking place all over the country. Something truly strange is afoot. As the bodies pile up, the MBI detectives seek answers from a local root doctor who has been documenting every lynching in the country for years, uncovering a history that refuses to be buried.
In this bold, provocative book, Everett takes direct aim at racism and police violence, and does so in a fast-paced style that ensures the reader can't look away. The Trees is an enormously powerful novel of lasting importance.
Publisher: Influx Press
Number of pages: 334
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
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