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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (4 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752842609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752842608
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,719,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David L. Robbins was born in Richmond, Virginia, on March 10, 1954. He grew up in Sandston, a small town east of Richmond out by the airport; his father was among the first to sit behind the new radar scope in the air traffic control tower. Both his parents, Sam and Carol, were veterans of WWII. Sam saw action in the Pacific, especially at Pearl Harbor.

In 1976, David graduated with a B.A. in Theater and Speech from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Having little actual theatrical talent, he didn't know what to do for a living. David decided to attend what he calls the "great catch-basin of unfocused over-achievers": law school. He received his Juris Doctorate at William and Mary in 1980, then practiced environmental law in Columbia, S.C. for precisely a year (his father demanded back the money for law school if David practiced for less than one year - he quit two weeks before the anniversary but got Sam to agree that the two weeks' vacation David had accumulated could be included). David decided to attend Psychology school, having an affinity for people's stories and a fascination with woe. However, while waiting for admisison in 1981, he began a successful freelance writing career. He began writing fiction in 1990, and has since published twelve novels. He is currently working on the thirteenth, as well several scripts for the stage and screen.

Robbins is an accomplished guitarist, studying the works of James Taylor and Latin classical. At six feet six inches tall, he stays active with his sailboat, shooting sporting clays, weightlifting, traveling to research his novels. He is the co-founder of the James River Writers (JamesRiverWriters.com), a non-profit group in his hometown of Richmond that helps aspiring writers and students work and learn together as a writing community. He also co-founded The Podium Foundation (thepodiumfoundation,org), a non-profit which brings writing and critical reasoning programs to the students of Richmond's city high schools. He also teaches advanced creative writing as a visiting professor at Virginia Commonwealth University's Honors College. David resides in Richmond. You can contact him, or read more, at authordavidlrobbins.com.

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REVIEWS MIRROR: 'Reminiscent of John Grisham's The Pelican Brief... [a] muted, wistful, murder mystery' 4 * review 19 October TANGLED WEB: 'an absorbing a --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From the bestselling author of WAR OF THE RATS comes a novel of searing intensity and uncompromising vision . . .

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By taking a rest HALL OF FAME on 20 Dec. 2002
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David L. Robbins has proven himself an accomplished writer of historical fiction with his two previous books, "The War Of The Rats and The End Of War". To the benefit of readers he has created a new novel based upon his imagination and the skill to render his thoughts into print. Historical Fiction provides some basis with which to work, some authors utilize history with great skill borrowing truths without using them as crutches for a weak imagination, limited creative thought. Mr. Robbins has shown he is amongst those who can compile original stories shuffled with facts and produce engaging work. With this novel, "Scorched Earth", he demonstrates he can create a unique tale in a place and time of his choosing.

Taken one at a time racism or religion can provide enough emotion to destroy any person or group. Either of these can, and has, literally changed the course of our history. The author has placed both of these volatile beliefs together and further compounded the conflict with The Law, which has yet to become blind to color, and the Press that too often seems to jettison humanity and justify their actions with the thinnest of rationales, the public's right to know. Add to these issues a host of all too common failings in personal relationships and you have an intricate tale, a complex enigma, that even with its end leaves room for interpretation and further thought that lasts well beyond the final page.

A married couple has a child after months of normal worry and concern, their only desire is that their child be healthy. A little girl is born and has a life measured in only minutes, a time so brief there is barely time to absorb her infirmity before she is gone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Feb. 2004
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The venue for SCORCHED EARTH is Good Hope, Virginia, where blue-collar mill workers Elijah and Clara Waddell endure the anguish of parenting a deformed baby girl, Nora, an infant so handicapped that she dies in her mother's arms in the hospital delivery suite. The child is quickly put to rest in the cemetery of the Victory Baptist Church in the plot of Clara's maternal family line. But, there's a problem. For over two-hundred years, the congregation has been exclusively white. Nora is of mixed race, Elijah being Black and Clara Caucasian. Victory Baptist's thirteen deacon's subsequently vote, over the objections of the young pastor, the spiritually tortured Thomas Derby, to have the child exhumed and re-buried in the cemetery of the town's Baptist church for Blacks. The night after the exhumation, Victory Baptist is burned to the ground, and Elijah is arrested on-site for arson. Nat Deeds, a former county prosecutor who quit his job and fled Good Hope after his wife admitted to sleeping with another man, and who's now struggling to set up a private law practice in nearby Richmond, is pressured by the presiding judge to return to his birthplace and defend Elijah, who adamantly insists on his innocence. Deeds must now go up against his old boss, the posturing Ed Fentress, who's prosecuting for the commonwealth with the next election in mind. Nat hasn't a shred of a case, and it gets worse when the body of Amanda Talley, the teenage daughter of the county sheriff, is found in the burned rubble of the church. Amanda had apparently been raped, then burned in the fire.
I believed Elijah when he claimed to be innocent. Indeed, I immediately knew who did it. And, for a few pages near the end, it appeared I was right. Pretty darn smug I was, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D. J. Rowland on 24 Feb. 2005
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This book has everything. More twists to the tale than you could ever imagine. It commences with shocking apartheid leading to wrongful arrest but I dare not say more or else I would spoil it for the reader. It's a long time since I read a book in 4 days but I just couldn't put this one down as each chapter took the story in a different direction. Excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E Dwyer on 29 Aug. 2014
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I have not read this book yet, but it does look very good. However, I do not think I need to purchase it because the story has been told in the reviews. When most people read a review, they would like to know if the book is good and if it is worth purchasing. Why do some people feel as though they need to tell the whole story in a review I will never know. Is it good or not, that is all most people who wish to purchase a book would like to know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By swindlingjim on 13 May 2015
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This is the best book I have read for a long time. The story line is believable but original and the writing is superb. Highly recommended.
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