Imagine hearing an airplane land in a nearby small airport in the middle of the night, knowing that’s too unusual. Further, imagine being the county sheriff who has to investigate, finding a dead local and the unexpected and crashed plane. Brunswick County Sheriff Winston Barnes determines he has a murder on his hand, and every step he takes from that point on will impact him, his family, and the community he is sworn to protect.
Set in 1984 coastal North Carolina, the mystery (Cash’s first) is compounded by the impending Sheriff’s re-election campaign, racial tension between neighborhoods, friction between law enforcement agencies, and families that have to deal with their own domestic issues.
From the first page, the reader is hooked by the feeling that something bad is going to happen, and just when the reader thinks it’s happened, the story isn’t yet done. All along, Cash quietly asks, “what really makes a good man?”
Cash gets better with each succeeding novel and has done himself proud with When Ghosts Come Home. The result is that readers will, as always, be highly satisfied by his engrossing prose, deep character development, attention to place, and the careful rollout of backstory. This is a novel that offers much to think about and discuss.
When Ghosts Come Home by Wiley Cash publishes September 21, 2021.
William Morrow /HarperCollins Publishers.
Thank you to Edelweiss for the digital ARC. All opinions are my own.