Coming in August from Down & Out Books: CAROLINA BLOOD by Richard Hood

TAMPA, Fla. - June 17, 2020 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that CAROLINA BLOOD by Richard Hood will be published on August 31, 2020 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


When his well-to-do physician-father dies, James Thorwait discovers an old, back-room contract indicating that he is, in fact, an adopted child, whose parentage includes a mother named Allie Morelock, from far-back in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Having grown-up in the rarified atmosphere of the well-born of Roalton, Tennessee, Thorwait must now confront the fact of his birth-mother's Appalachian heritage—and he goes in search of her, and her meaning.

Establishing contact with a small newspaper publisher in Jefferson County, North Carolina, Thorwait begins the search for Allie Morelock, and finds himself immersed in intense family histories, tensions, and struggles, dating-back generations. Engaged in digging-up the past, Thorwait finds himself inexorably drawn into present-day passions, pent-up violence, and crime. His search compels him to confront the question of his own identity, the mystery of his birth-mother, and the tangled complexities of his mountain heritage.

Advance praise for CAROLINA BLOOD …

"Hood's knack for painting richly nuanced characters, weaving fine tapestries of intriguing plots, and dousing us with rich Appalachian history makes his storytelling not just compelling, but enriching and important, as well. From the first page the novel intoxicates no less than the moonshine that washes through the narrative." —Win Neagle, author of Smoke and Gravity and Full Count

Meet the author …

Richard Hood is a musician, photographer, and writer, living in Greene County, Tennessee.

In its tenth year as an independent publisher of award-winning literary and crime fiction, Down & Out Books ( is based in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the book, to request a review copy of the book, or to inquire about an interview with the author, contact

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