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Janet Wright left tiny Graylee, Georgia at five, when her mother fled a destructive marriage. Now forty and reinventing herself after a failed engagement, Janet returns as the sole inheritor of her recently murdered father’s valuable estate. Life should be easy, but she can’t resist pulling at the threads of the apparently open-and-shut case. Before long, she finds herself tangled in Graylee’s web of secrets, lies, and scandals—and in fear of her own life.

Praise for Aftermath:

“George Weinstein’s Aftermath snagged me with the first sentence. Fast pacing kept me turning pages. Great writing kept me clenched in the fist of this small town. Its long-kept secrets, stuffed inside old boarding houses and concealed in modern mansions, remain just out of reach as Janet Wright struggles to find answers of her own. Weinstein’s characters are vivid and developed. They support and betray—reveal and hide. They are both innocent and guilty, but always and foremost they are human. Weaving past with present, light with shadow, Aftermath maintains a perfect and engaging balance. This is one you don’t want to miss!”

Susan Crawford, international best-selling author of The Pocket Wife and The Other Widow

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“This book has fun, feisty characters and a plot that takes a rather unexpected dark, twisty turn. I was pulled into the story from the first page and found myself engrossed the entire way. A great ‘curl up in front of the fire for the afternoon’ read.”

– Excerpt from Idgie’s Dew on the Kudzu review. Read the entire review on her blog.


“There should be a writer’s genre called Keep Turning, for there are books that simply make such a demand of readers. George Weinstein’s Aftermath is one of them. A full-force story of a small-town murder and that town’s ugly, uncomfortable secret has a cast of characters that thrive on suspicion and conflict. You know early on that in the end all the right dots will be connected, but you don’t know how the lines will be drawn—until you Keep Turning. That’s the pleasure of it.”

– Terry Kay, author of To Dance with the White Dog, The Book of Marie, and The King Who Made Paper Flowers

“George Weinstein has a powerful contemporary Southern voice. His new novel, Aftermath, is fast-paced and grabs the reader in the first sentence. This novel tells the story of coming home, proving Thomas Wolfe wrong with a strong-willed protagonist, Janet Wright, the new owner of Graylee, a tiny Georgia town. And only in the Deep South can one inherit a town. Kept me on the edge of my seat until I finished the last page.”

– Ann Hite, award-winning author of Sleeping Above Chaos, a Black Mountain Novel

“Another winner for George Weinstein. Luring you in with atmospheric elements—a small town hiding dark secrets and a woman determined to uncover her questionable legacy—Aftermath’s final, disturbing twist will jolt you and good. A gripping, suspenseful read.”
– Emily Carpenter, author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

Aftermath has everything I crave in a novel: the perfect blend of mystery and romance, flawlessly crafted dialog, and an unsinkable heroine with equal parts grit and heart. George Weinstein makes his characters flesh and bone—bringing them to vibrant life as he peels away the secrets of a small town with more than just murder to hide—and an estranged daughter determined to bring the truth to light in the wake of her father’s death. Go to bed early, or prepare to stay up all night: Aftermath is unputdownable.”

– Erika Marks, author of The Last Treasure

“Weinstein works miracles getting us to suspect everybody in Aftermath. This thoroughly satisfying tale of deceit and emotional devastation in a small town rings true.”

– Fran Stewart, national best-selling author of the ScotShop mystery series and the Biscuit McKee mysteries


“A truly satisfying mystery is one that keeps the reader guessing until the very last page, and George Weinstein does just that in his latest novel, Aftermath. With skill and finesse, he moves the story forward at a measured pace as he introduces believable and sympathetic characters, and each of these brings depth and sometimes gentle humor to this finely crafted story. The dialog is realistic, the situations ring true, and the settings dovetail seamlessly with the plot and, ultimately, the resolution. If you only read one mystery this year, read Aftermath by George Weinstein.”

– Raymond L. Atkins, author of Sweetwater Blues and South of the Etowah


Aftermath artfully combines a story of shattered hopes with a dark mystery that will keep you turning the pages as you follow a trail of clues, hidden in plain sight, into the corrupt and disturbing heart of a small Georgia town. This is a masterful study of the unfortunate truth that sometimes, in order to fix things, you first have to break them again.”

– Roger Johns, author of Dark River Rising

“To unravel the mystery shrouding the gruesome murder of her estranged father, heiress Janet Wright will do whatever it takes, no holds barred. Set in a sleepy Southern company town, George Weinstein’s twisty gothic who-done-it will keep you guessing right to the very end.”

–Ronald Aiken, author of Death Has Its Benefits

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