James Paavola introduces his fifth novel in his "Murder In Memphis" series: Cast the First Stone
Homosexuality - its religious, social and political implications - is the backdrop for Cast the First Stone, James Paavola's fifth book in the Murder In Memphis series. A serial killer is targeting gay men. Lieutenant Julia Todd returns from medical leave, recovering from a bullet wound and PTSD symptoms. Her first duty assignment is meant to be an easy one: crowd control. Protesters have rallied outside City Hall in response to an upcoming vote which could grant civil rights to homosexuals in the workplace. Religious leaders and politicians are represented on each side of the issue. Prominent among opposing protesters are uniformed Neo-Nazis and robed Ku Klux Klansmen. Another gay man is found dead after the protest.