Named the top thriller and suspense novel published in
2014 by a university or independent press.
Announced at the annual meeting of the American Library Association in San Francisco.

What others are saying about The Cottoncrest Curse:

“Rubin’s gripping debut mystery depicts the bitter racial divides of post-Reconstruction South and its continuing legacy.”
Publishers Weekly

“Michael Rubin proves himself to be an exceptional storyteller in his novel The Cottoncrest Curse.
This powerful epic is expertly composed. I highly recommend picking up this book.”
James Carville, Author, Speaker, Media Personality, Political Consultant

This “historical thriller” is “thoroughly researched.” It is “literary fiction” taking “readers on an epic journey.”
Southern Literary Review

A “gripping thriller [that] captures universal themes.”
New York Review of Books

A “taut thriller with an uncommon depth of historical detail and a strong feeling of place.”

Rubin's novel offers not just a thrilling murder mystery,
but also a compelling look at life in south Louisiana during its most tumultuous decades.
225 Magazine

"Michael Rubin’s debut novel, The Cottoncrest Curse, introduces us to a fresh new voice
that weaves talented prose and tack-sharp detail into an intriguing story set in Louisiana’s bayou country.”
Alan Jacobson, National Bestselling Author of Spectrum

"Impeccably researched, deftly plotted and flawlessly executed.
Michael Rubin is a gifted and masterful storyteller. Highly recommended"
Sheldon Siegel, New York Times Best Selling Author of the Mike Daley/​Rosie Fernandez novels

A “page turner likely to keep you up all night. * ‘The Cottoncrest Curse’ is skillfully and intricately plotted. * Through it all, the writing is sharp, vivid and compelling.”
LSBA Journal

The story is gripping, the writing is masterful * Rubin has struck ‘gold’ in his debut novel.”
Chicago’s CBA Record

A nationally-known public speaker and humorist, as well as a full-time attorney, Michael H. Rubin has had a varied career. He’s played jazz piano in the New Orleans French Quarter, been a radio and television announcer, and taught law as an adjunct professor for several decades. Rubin is the winner of the Burton Award for Outstanding Writing given at the Library of Congress and is a member of the Author’s Guild, the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and the International Association of Crime Writers.

His debut novel, The Cottoncrest Curse, released by the LSU Press in September, 2014, has been praised by the New York Review of Books as a “gripping thriller [that] captures universal themes,” by Publishers Weekly as a “gripping debut mystery,” by the Chicago CBA Record as “masterful,” by James Carville as “expertly composed” and “highly recommended,” and has received the IndieFab Gold Award for being the top thriller and suspense book of 2014. Redwood is bringing out an audiobook version of it in the Fall of 2015, and Suhrkamp will be publishing a German language edition in 2016.

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The Cottoncrest Curse

Thriller and historical fiction
Two decades after the Civil War, elderly Colonel Augustine Chastaine brutally slit the throat of his beautiful young wife and then fatally shot himself.The death of Chastaine, however, was the not the first suicide of an owner of Cottoncrest Plantation, and it was not to be the last. But was it really a suicide, or was it a double homicide?

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