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Orion General and literary fiction HB/TPB January 2015 @ £20.00/£12.99 978 1 4091 5537 9/978 1 4091 5538 6 eBook: £12.99 / 978 1 4091 5540 9

A mesmerising debut novel based on the true story of a small town torn apart by the deadly hurricane of 1935.


Tensions simmer as a small town, already divided by race, is torn apart by the deadliest of hurricanes. Florida, 1935, and the residents of Heron Key are preparing for the annual Fourth of July barbecue, little realising how much their world is about to change. Tempers flare at the party and in the early hours of the morning a woman is found half-beaten to death. As whites turn on blacks, the finger of suspicion points at one man. And while wild accusations are made, far over the Atlantic a tropical storm changes direction and turns towards Florida, increasing in speed by the second. As the hurricane beacons are lit along the Keys, the town folk prepare themselves as they always do, unaware that the approaching storm is beyond anything they have ever experienced. In one night, Heron Key will change for ever. Vanessa Lafaye grew up in Tampa, Florida, but has lived in the UK since 1987. She works for an academic publisher in Oxford.

Orion Fiction • January 2015


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