Virginia Gunn Returning to St. Simons to Sign Nancy Grace Book
Grace’s book is a murder mystery whose story reveals a lot about corruption in the State of
Hailey Dean, motivated by the murder of her fiancé, becomes a criminal lawyer to "put the bad guys away" and perhaps lay to rest the psychological demons that have haunted her since then. These "demons" are the central theme of the story.
The secondary theme is corruption in
There are multiple story lines; a Georgia Supreme Court Justice willing to set a serial killer free in exchange for becoming the state's next Governor, a group of eco-friendly guerillas on the coast who are trying to save a turtle nesting beach on St. Simons Island, a elite businessman who will do whatever it takes to convert those beaches into a multi-million dollar resort.
The behind the scene maneuverings stretch from Las Vegas to the Georgia Supreme Court to the Georgia legislature and on down to an easily bought-off Glynn County Commission.
Grace’s female characters are strong; her male characters (lawyers, politicians, and developers ) are gauche, morally bankrupt, philandering con artists.
The fictitious Virginia Gunn character is a native islander who lives alone on the beach with a herd of barking "wiener dogs". She resigned her chairmanship of the
During the course of her crusade against the condo builders, she is brutally beaten twice, yet never looses her determination to keep up the fight.
Most readers will laugh at the dilemma of the sweating, overweight fictional Chair of the Glynn County Commission trying to defend his ineptitude to the developer’s front man and realizing he is about to pass a painful kidney stone. He can’t control it, and realizes he can’t to make it to the bathroom either. Whoa boy!
Warning to purists: Grace’s depiction of St. Simons leaves a bit to be desired. You will not recognize famous landmarks or streets. The band of eco-guerillas that gather around Virginia Gunn do not much resemble the Save the Beach organization that she led.
Once you get over that, the fictional plot to stop gross over-development can be enjoyed.
The real Virginia Gunn, who now lives outside of
She’ll be bringing bookplates signed by Nancy Grace, who says about her, “Virginia Gunn and I have something huge in common.... we both have loved St. Simon's Island for so many, many years. I have visited the
The Eleventh Victim has risen to the number 6 spot on both the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best seller lists.
Former Commissioner Virginia Gunn will be at Beachview Books,