Maron grew up on a farm outside Raleigh, North Carolina
but also lived in New York City for many years. Her
dual residency gives her the experience to write convincingly
of the adventures of Deborah Knott, District Judge of
Colleton County, NC and NYPD Lt. Sigrid Harald. The
Knott series evolved when Maron returned to her North
Carolina roots with her artist-husband, Joe. The first
in the series, Bootlegger's Daughter swept the
mystery awards-an Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity.
As opposite as can be, the emotional
and impulsive Knott is the product of a large, loving
family with eleven brothers; while Harald is a stoic
loner and daughter of a Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist
and a police officer who died in the line of duty when
she was a toddler.
Maron explains her path as a writer:
From the time I was a little girl
and first realized there was a connection between
ordinary people and the printed page, I have wanted
to write. I was born and bred in North Carolina, dropped
out of college to marry a naval officer I met while
working in the Pentagon, then lived in Italy and New
York for the next few years until we returned to my
family's homeplace. We had a son, life was full, yet
all the time, I kept promising myself that I was going
to be a writer 'someday.'
Eventually, with the passing years,
I realized that if I didn't get down to it, the dream
would never happen on its own. Poetry was my first
love and continues to enchant me, but when I began
writing seriously, short stories seemed to be my natural
form. For the first twelve years of my professional
life, it never occurred to me that I could write books.
I was totally intimidated by the long form. But circumstances
prevailed. The short story market dried up in the
late '70s and I backed into the novel by doubling
a short story three separate times until I finally
had enough pages to call it a book.
For more information on the author
and news of upcoming books and appearances check out
her website: www.margaretmaron.com.
Judge Deborah Knott Series:
Bootlegger's Daughter (1992)
In this first novel in the series, Deborah Knott runs
for district court judge and becomes immersed in an
old unsolved murder. As the youngest child and only
daughter of an ex-bootlegger, her family relations both
help and hinder her political ambitions.
Southern Discomfort (1993) Fic/Mar
Working on a house for a homeless family, Knott is attacked.
When the assailant is found murdered, her brother is
a suspect and Knott's investigative skills kick in.
Shooting at Loons (1994) Fic/Mar
Traveling to the Carolina coast for a judicial appointment,
Knott finds murder and falls for a game warden lurking
Up Jumps the Devil (1996) Fic/Maron
Developers snatching up farmland in Knott's beloved
Colleton County and a skeleton from her past emerge
when an old friend and a redneck clan are accused of
Killer Market (1997) Fic/Maron
A working visit to High Point, NC that is hosting the
International Home Furnishings Market leads Knott to
discover a corpse in a showroom.
Home Fires (1998) Fic/Maron ***
Campaigning for re-election, Judge Knott visits an African-American
church that is later torched. Knott investigates the
arson, and related murder, while forging new connections.
Storm Track (2000) Fic/Maron
Against the backdrop of a raging hurricane, Knott looks
into the murder of Lynn Bullock, a local nurse and notoriously
cheating wife, found strangled with her own black lingerie
in the Orchid Motel.
Uncommon Clay (2001) Fic/Maron
Maron interweaves the beauty and history of Carolina
pottery in this mystery involving a long-time potter
family facing extinction.
Slow Dollar (2002) Fic/Maron
When the carnival comes to town and a concessionaire
is murdered, Knott uncovers an unexpected connection
to her own family.
Bloody Kin (1985) Fic/Mar
The title is a prequel to the Deborah Knott series with
some similarities in setting and characters.
Lt. Sigrid Harald Series:
One Coffee With (1982) Fic/Mar
Death of a Butterfly (1984) Fic/Mar
Death in Blue Folders (1985) Fic/Mar
The Right Jack (1987) *
Corpus Christmas (1989) Fic/Mar
Fugitive Colors (1995) Fic/Maron
Baby Doll Games (1995) *
Past Imperfect (1991) *
Shoveling Smoke: selected mystery
stories (1997) Fic/Maron
* Please request at the Information
** Also available as CD audio book
*** Also available as cassette audio book