By Carolyn Haines, Charlaine Harris
A greenback donation for each publication bought might be given to the Rock River starting place, a charity devoted to assisting the humanities and literacy within the Delta.
Contributing to the amount are Ace Atkins, Lynne Barrett, James Lee Burke, Suzann Ellingsworth, Beth Ann Fennelly, invoice Fitzhugh, Tom Franklin, John Grisham, Carolyn Haines, Charlaine Harris, Suzanne Hudson, Alice Jackson, Dean James, Toni L.P. Kelner, Michael Lister, Daniel Martine, Mary Saums, David Sheffield, Nathan Singer, and Les Standiford.
From the creation via Morgan Freeman:
This choice of brief fiction captures either the paintings of the story and the ability of the blues, and is a nod on the human situation that regularly conjures up musicians to write down and sing the blues. those tales inform approximately undesirable males and undesirable ladies who occasionally do good—or occasionally persist with their precise nature. a few of these characters be aware of all in regards to the risks of creating a discount with the satan. and a few be aware of the ability of redemption. those are characters who wouldn't be misplaced in a Honeyboy Edwards song, and will be correct at domestic along the desolate wail of Clarksdale, Mississippi, local Son House.
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