Michael Parker, a criminal justice major at Ole Miss, interns with the Lee County, Mississippi (Tupelo) Sheriff's department in 1970-71. Gangsters try to bribe the sheriff, and they bomb his home when he won't cooperate; moonshine runners in super-cars try to outrun the deputies in chases reminiscent of the movie, Bullitt; girls are murdered; and the Dixie Mafia is the controlling criminal organization. Nightclubs provide the night life; girls are sold into bondage; the KKK is still a threat; Buford Pusser drops by; Elvis comes down from Memphis to get his badge; political bosses buy the judges and try to enforce their own brand of justice, which means just us; and the landfill gets crowded as the body count rises and gang members turn on each other. Michael partners with the first black deputy in the area, and they become fast friends and an oddity in a state just undergoing integration. Deputies discover things about themselves in the midst of temptation and gun battles, and as the story unfolds, it is becomes obvious that every saint has a past, every sinner has a future, and no one is beyond redemption. (Paperback)
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