River Rising by Athol Dickson

Pilotville is a town built on stilts and lies. It’s the place where Hale Poser, who was raised in an orphanage, arrives looking for answers to his past—“his mother, or his father, or at least a tombstone with their name—his own name, whatever that might be.” What he discovers is a town that is full of contradictions, with whites and blacks who associate in everyday life, yet worship separately; and a town benefactor who is extremely kind and giving to the folks of Pilotville, yet has a horrifying secret life.
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