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The Millionaires
A Novel of the New South

by Inman Majors


Two brothers, Roland and J.T. Cole, are deeply involved in the small city of Glennville, Tennessee.   Roland, the younger, is running for governor of Tennessee.  J.T. is working to bring a world's fair to this small city.

Roland's advisor, Mike Teague, a political strategist, isn't able to overcome Roland's personality and get him the votes.  The two brothers work together to get the fair.  Although they are opposed by the local Citizens Group, they use a few political and financial tactics and succeed in bringing the fair.   This makes the Cole brothers a force to be reckoned with in the state.  Their success raises questions about how they accumulated their money, resulting in investigations by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation that threaten to tear their lives apart.

The Millionaires presents a comprehensive picture of two brothers who are bent on creating an empire for themselves.  The characters are powerful and lifelike.  The story captures the essence of life in the South with its dual time frame: one foot in the past and the other hopefully in the future.   The action is swift and compelling.

The Book

W. W. Norton and Co.
January 26, 2009
Fiction / Political Intrigue
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The Reviewer

Barbara Buhrer
Reviewed 2009
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