The story is set in motion at the deathbed of Ratio Janson, a crusty patriarch with an infamous background, a hair-trigger temper and a feisty great-granddaughter named Jo-Dee. From the shocking gossip she overhears at his funeral, Jo-Dee is determined to plumb the murky past as the protective skin of Ratio’s story falls away.
“Anyone who enjoys Southern fiction or picaresque novels will love this one!” Lisa Alther, Author of four New York Times bestsellers.
Novelist Jo-Ann Costa, formerly Director of Public Affairs for a California-based Fortune 500 company founded by the late Howard Hughes, a member of several state and national Boards of Directors, a Deputy to the California Business Roundtable, and President of the Board of Philanthropy for her firm, left the corporate world in 2002. Along with the wildlife, Ms. Costa now makes her home at the edge of Colorado’s Weminuche wilderness, where she writes historical fiction and mysteries.
A Southerner by birth, Ms. Costa’s historical fiction and short stories are woven from the fabric of her people and the landscape of her youth, while her mystery stories arise from experiences living and working in Southern California. She is a graduate of California State University, the University of Southern California’s Managerial Policy Institute, Leadership Southern California and the Public Affairs Institute.
The Bequest of Big Daddy is the first book in her epic saga, Longleaf Legacy.