Hank Worth thinks he’s performed a good deed when he pulls over the car of six teens caught speeding on a Saturday night and lets them off with a warning and instructions to go home. When he responds to an urgent call minutes later, he realizes he made a fatal error of judgement – every teen is dead. Struggling to come to terms with his role in the crash, Hank begins to suspect foul play. While notifying the parents of the children involved, his suspicions grow when an unidentified body is discovered in one of their homes and a teenage girl is found after apparently attempting to commit suicide. Hank believes the incidents are connected, but those around him disagree. Is Hank right, or is his guilt making him search for answers where there are none?
"(A) fascinating and complex plot . . . readers will hope Hank has a long career ahead of him." - Publishers Weekly
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Former crime reporter Booth imbues her fast-moving narrative, which celebrates its Ozarks setting, with humor and humanity. A promising debut."
- Edgar award-winning author Margaret Maron
"This contemporary take on a locked-room puzzle is chilling, compelling and completely entertaining, and Claire Booth is a wonderful new voice in crime fiction."
- Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, & Macavity winner
"An original and defty crafted novel by a true master of the genre ... very highly recommended"
- Midwest Book Review
"The second in Booth's regional crime series is both an excellent police procedural and a surprisingly humorous look at politics and family feuds."
- Kirkus Reviews
"(An) appealing sequel . . . Booth's affectionate treatment of the decent and shrewd people of Branson and Worth makes this a series worth following."
- Publishers Weekly
out in the US and Canada on March 1, 2019