The premise of the novel is fascinating and disturbing, and the alternate history well-considered. In the face of continued legal slavery in some southern states, FDR creates a federal program to monitor the economic activity, and Truman talks some states into abolition for war contracts during WW2. In the present day, a federal Marshall tracks escaped “persons bound,” but haunted by his own past. Winters’ pacing is brisk, and the thriller builds to a number of surprising revelations until the very end.

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