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Publisher: Aventine Press
Release Date: Nov. 2002
ISBN: 0972293256
Format Reviewed: Trade paperback
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Genre: Mystery / Suspense
Reviewed: 2003
Reviewer: Barbara Buhrer
Reviewer Notes:

By M C Beamon 

     When Randolph Gee is shot dead outside the burned Beulah Baptist Church, in the small Southern town of Emerson Woods there is a witness. A man fleeing the scene is described as Trevor Brown, a black man who has been picketing the church. Trevor has been outspoken about black churches being built in white neighborhoods.

     The fire of Beulah Baptist Church is linked to similar church arsons throughout the South.

     Trevor is arrested. He is harassed and beaten by some of the townspeople. There is another witness who describes the person he saw fleeing the crime, dressed in the same type of clothes, but as being a white man.

     The police overlook the description given by the second witness. It is only through further investigation that they realize that they should be looking for another man.

     The atmosphere of hate and prejudice is apparent throughout the book. Eyewitness is well plotted, with the characters developed in depth. The police and its operations are portrayed as typical of the times and situation.

     This is a powerful and timely story of how prejudice can color a person's perception of what he sees.

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