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by David Fuller

"Sweetsmoke is an admirable historical--yet somehow personal--investigation into the horrors of slavery during the American Civil War at a Virginia tobacco plantation called Sweetsmoke. Cassius is a black skilled carpenter slave whose oppressed spirit is shaken by the assassination of his best friend and tutor, propelling him into a desperate search for justice and freedom. When his quest for dignity conflicts with the traditions of a reprimanding society and his own loyalties, Cassius puts his life and the lives of his fellow workers in jeopardy with the estate's patriarch to discover the truth. The plot is a captivating mystery that goes beyond the unmasking of a killer; it evolves into a series of actions that could change the fate of an entire nation." -- "Galley Talk," Publishers Weekly