Synopses & Reviews
"This inspirational novel of sin and redemption is set in Mattingly, Va., a back-country village where the supernatural is as real as any reality. Throughout their marriage, sheriff Jake Barnett and his wife Kate have kept secret their shared involvement in the death of Philip McBride 20 years ago. But when Taylor Hathcock stumbles into town with knowledge of that event, the past unravels. The entire town becomes involved, from the reporter who alerts the townspeople about contemporary crimes and accuses Jake of cowardice to the motherless Lucy Seekins, seeking love wherever she can find it, even in a criminal's lair, to the ostracized Justus, whose name symbolizes the novel's theme. Supernatural events pull the haunted players into a place where all must sacrifice their worst secrets to pave the way for salvation. Coffey (When Mockingbirds Sing) has a profound sense of Southern spirituality. His narrative moves the reader from Jake and Kate's false heaven to a terrible hell, then back again to a glorious grace. Agent: Rachelle Gardner, Books & Such Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
For the three people tortured by their secret complicity in a young man's untimely death, redemption is what they most long for . . . and the last thing they expect to receive.
It has been twenty years since Philip McBride's body was found along the riverbank in the dark woods known as Happy Hollow. His death was ruled a suicide. But three people have carried the truth ever since Philip didn't kill himself that day. He was murdered.
Each of the three have wilted in the shadow of their sins. Jake Barnett is Mattingly's sheriff, where he spends his days polishing the fragile shell of the man he pretends to be.His wife, Kate, has convinced herself the good she does forthe poor will someday washthe blood from her hands. And high in the mountains, Taylor Hathcock lives in seclusionand fear, fueled by madness and hatred.
Yet what cannot be laid to rest is bound to riseagain. Philip McBride has haunted Jake's dreams for weeks, warning that he is coming back for them all. When Taylor finds mysterious footprints leading from the Hollow, he believes his redemption has come. His actions will plunge the quiet town of Mattingly into darkness. These three will be drawn together for a final confrontation between life and death . . . between truth and lies.
"Coffey has a profound sense of Southern spirituality. His narrative moves the reader from . . . a] false heaven to a terrible hell, then back again to a glorious grace." Publishers Weekly
"The Devil Walks in Mattingly. . . recalls Flannery O'Conner with its glimpses of the grotesque and supernatural." BookPage