Virginia Kantra, best-selling author of more than 25 books, returns to the North Carolina coast with her latest novel, “Carolina Blues” (Berkley).
In the laid-back beach town of Dare Island, new police chief Jack Rossi is recovering from a rocky marriage and the trials of a big-city police department. Lauren Patterson is trying to escape the memories and fame of her experience as a hostage in a bank robbery. While overcoming their pasts, they find themselves fighting for their future.
“I’ve been in love with the North Carolina coast since my husband took me there on vacation 30 years ago,” Kantra said. “Twenty-seven years ago we moved to Raleigh, where we raised our three children, but we still sneak to the beach as often as we can.”
First timersEileen Leamy
New titlesWayne Grant Scott Blumenthal
“Sustenance Through Starvation” (Duxbury & Gloucester), by Raleigh’s Mabel Blair Steering, is a satirical take on the world of the privileged. The tale follows Gwendolyn, the guileless daughter of the head of the world’s largest charitable organization.
Short storiesRick Ballou’s Charles Blackburn Jr.
Local authors were among the winners at the N.C. Book Awards this month:
The Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction went to Lee Smith of Hillsborough for “Guests on Earth.”
The R. Hunt Parker Award for significant contributions to the literature of North Carolina was presented to Allan Gurganus of Hillsborough. Gurganus is the author of “Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All.”
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