High Society Down

High Society Down

by C.R. Moore

ISBN: 9781480813472

Publisher ArchwayPublishing

Published in Literature & Fiction/Contemporary, Literature & Fiction

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Book Description


High Society Down is a very southern story. The setting is a small Mississippi town with three outlying plantation estates. The main characters are a highly social group of friends who help one another get through good times and bad times. They are anticipating and preparing for the collapse of the economy, which does happen. The country shuts down. The friends live off the land for months, and they help others in town.

Sample Chapter

Shirley was watching Tom’s face and knew that something dreadful had happened. She braced herself for the worst. Tom listened to a few details and said thank you and good-bye.

When he hung up the phone, he said, “Pete was murdered this morning. He opened the hardware store at seven, as usual, but someone was waiting for him, evidently to rob the store. They shot and killed him. Everything is under investigation.”

“Oh my God!” Shirley cried out.

“Robert said that Elizabeth is with Denise. He thought you might want to go over there as well.”

They were both shocked by the news and could not even think clearly for several minutes, but then Shirley said, “I’m going to get dressed and go to Denise’s.”

Tom sat there with his head in his hands for half an hour, wondering how this could have happened to his friend.

Finally, Shirley came out of the bedroom and into the kitchen, dressed and ready to go. She had been crying, but she had that look of determination that Tom knew so well. It was a good thing that she was going to be with Denise.

After Shirley left, he sat there feeling as if part of him had died with Pete. It happened so fast, and it gave him a gut-wrenching feeling to think that his friend had been defenseless in the attack.

He no longer felt hungry but fixed himself a cup of coffee. When he finished it, he decided to take a shower and get dressed. He didn’t know if he would be going anywhere, but he was going to be ready just in case.

Shirley pulled up to the Allens’ house at about noon. The minute she stepped out of her SUV, she couldn’t help but think about the first night they were invited out there. Pete had come out to the driveway to welcome them. She thought, My God. He’ll never do that again.

Shirley rang the bell, and Lucy opened the front door. She was wiping her eyes with a handkerchief, and Shirley gave her a quick hug. Lucy said, “They're right there in the parlor Ms. Shirley.”


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Author Profile

C.R. Moore

C.R. Moore

C.R. Moore, author of High Society Down, was born in Mississippi and grew up in Mississippi and Louisiana. This fiction writer knows the plantation areas, and spent much time along the riverbank of the Mississippi.

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