"Dark gritty story"
In Jefferson, a small town north of New Orleans, four
teenagers vandalize a slave cemetery for kicks. Caryl
Jackson, a black man tries to stop them, but he is attacked
by the ringleader and lies near death in the hospital.
Successful land developer Michael Tournier, aware of his
image, owns the land where the cemetery is located.
He hires Danny Chaisson, a former prosecutor and FBI
informant, to do damage control. Danny drives to Jefferson
to make sure the Jackson family does not sue Tournier's
company in civil court. He carries out his assignment but
he finds he needs to help the Jackson family who don't
expect justice in a town controlled by the whites. Danny's
involvement in local affairs leads to murder and a town
verging on the edge of exploding.
THE BURYING FIELD is a dark gritty story that deals with
race issues in a realistically brutal manner. Kenneth Abel
hold a mirror up to American society and the reflection it
reveals is something that never died even though well over
a century since when Lincoln emancipated most slaves. Like
it or hate it readers will not easily walk away from this
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 20, 2002