Set in the South, back in the year 1973, readers will meet a man whose life seems completely perfect. He has a loving wife, two young sons, and has slowly built a well respected law firm in Charleston, South Carolina. Blood in the Low Country is a story of what can happen to a man when one thing changes everything.
Monty Atkins and his wife Rose, his college sweetheart, are living a life that many aspire to. Monty has built himself a profitable and respectable business through his strong work ethic, which has allowed him to have a second home and also a membership in an exclusive country club. Rose is a socialite, at least aspiring to be one, and often working on committees and within the church and school her boys attend. When a murder occurs it completely alters everything the family has ever known. With deception and destruction seeming to now be a constant, Rose’s past has revealed something that they can’t seem to outrun. Monty tries to find the killer, but in doing so he opens himself up to attacks against his business and family that appear tied to very prominent businessmen who wish to stop his attempts to reveal the truth.
Paul Attaway uses his personal experiences well in creating his debut novel. As someone who spent time in Charleston and married his wife, whom he met in college, he is able to bring his main character to life through is own lived experiences. This is the type of murder mystery that pulls you back in time and allows the reader to immerse themselves in the investigation that Monty must undertake in order to protect his family and business. With the rich atmosphere of the South Attaway has an abundance of source material to draw from. If you are looking for a richly established murder mystery you should pick up Blood in the Low Country today.