The Beatitudes by Lyn LeJeune
Approx. 142,740 words.
Published on December 29, 2010.
Social workers Hannah Dubois (white and nicknamed "Scrimp") and Earlene Washington (African-American and nicknamed Pinch), start their own business, Social Investigations, in order to solve the murders of ten foster children in New Orleans, Louisiana. Why have the NOPD, the Catholic Church, and politicians sidestepped clues that point to a force that holds great power in New Orleans?