“In Zimmerman's riveting debut novel, an attorney takes a road trip as he grapples with guilt and seeks . . . to balance karmic scales with violence. . . A stirring, well-constructed story . . .”
Los angeles review of books
“Punches the reader in the guts with intersecting stories of terrible violence . . . The novel is gripping and harrowing, and what we experience through [the protagonist’s] eyes is deeply disturbing yet also revelatory.”
“A powerful novel . . . Mississippi Reckoning is affecting and highly readable as it commingles fact and invention in artful ways. . . . Puts me in mind of James Ellroy's Los Angeles novels. “Mississippi Reckoning, while a work of fiction, also feels like a means of keeping faith.”
DIANE NASH, CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER, FREEDOM RIDER, SNCC FOUNDER
“Gripping, wonderful story-telling. From his experiences as a civil rights worker and a death row attorney, Mitchell Zimmerman has given us a brilliant and heart-rending novel, a book that gives voice to victims of violence. An enthralling thriller . . . .
“Family saga, freedom song and cry for justice come together in Mississippi Reckoning, as a despairing man seeks vengeance for wrongs beyond his power to right.”
ERIC FONER, pulitzer-prize winning author of 'the fiery trial,'
“Surprising twists and turns, and a cliff-hanging denouement. A great read and a good way to learn some civil rights history along the way.”
federal JUdge thelton henderson, CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER
“Linking the story of a condemned man in current-day California with the story of the deep-southern horror from which that man emerged, Mitchell Zimmerman has crafted a heart-pounding, soul-wrenching narrative, in which the evils of a bygone era remain invisibly amongst us–shadows of past suffering, fostering the cruelest tragedies of today.”
“Mississippi Reckoning’s road trip is a suspense-filled journey well worth following to its ending.”
mike farrell, STAR OF M*A*S*H
“A powerful book! A must-read! Mississippi Reckoning takes you on a trip that will leave you reeling–and thinking.”
mary e . king, author of 'freedom song'
“Compelling . . . Mitchell Zimmerman's grasp of the Mississippi landscape, his invocations of fear are well honed.”