In the wake of two murders the new sheriff of Traveller County, North Carolina is about to discover the one thing uglier and more dangerous than white supremacy in the New South: greed.
When two teenaged black children are found murdered in the small North Carolina town of Swan Point everyone naturally suspects the local leader of the Ku Klux Klan. But newly appointed Traveller County Sheriff Jac Barber learns that something far more evil than white supremacy is responsible: Greed.
As the bodies stack up and his questions remain unanswered Barber realizes that in Swan Point the mystery might not be who did it, but who didn’t; not who was in on the murders, but who was not.
With help from an unscrupulous deputy and a black country preacher Barber is determined to uncover the truth no matter the cost. Unfortunately for them, and their families, a secret group composed of three of the town’s most powerful men is just as resolute stop him.
From the fields of North Carolina to the copyroom of a major Philadelphia newspaper to the offices of the oldest cigarette company in the world to the secret Arian underworld of Camp Lejeune, the “New South” has never been more deeply explored, accurately described, hauntingly real, or outright dangerous.
Belts is a page turning mystery that will swallow the reader whole, refuse to let go, and spit him or her out at the end with fear and paranoia stuck in the mind like North Carolina tar.
In Jac Barber’s first week as Traveller County Sheriff two black teenagers are murdered and he is thrown into the middle of a racial conspiracy.