This is an ambitious attempt by Mary Willis Walker, starring Molly Cates for the third time. For the most part, it was a first-rate effort of combining politics, homelessness, and a 28-year-old unsolved mystery.
The characterizations are superb, and the story is tightly plotted. Balancing two main stories, the homeless Sarah Jane and Molly's self-mutilating investigation of her father's death 28 years ago, is a tough assignment, and is not always successful. I found myself deeply involved with homeless Sarah Jane who seemed to me more interesting than Molly. It could be that crimes committed 28 years ago lack in immediacy. I would find myself drawn back to Molly's story by the repulsive former Sheriff Crocker. The worst part wasn't his disgusting persona, it was that it was so familiar. We have all met a Sheriff Crocker, and been far the worse for the encounter.
The story was taut, leading to an unbearably suspenseful showdown. Even if the house were burning down, you wouldn't move till you finished the last ten pages.
Another good read from this author. Her main character Molly Cates, is on the hunt for her father's murder. Along the way, she is almost killed with poisoned gas and raped by the sheriff she thinks covered up her father's murder. I was sorry to finish this book as it is the last book from this author. This author combines so many stories in one book that keep your attention. You will become a fan of Ms. Walker, her story are very believeable and intelligent.
Texan true crime reporter Molly Cate reinvestigates her father's murder from years past and in the process finds a new plot hatching.
True-crime reporter Molly Cates' father died more than twenty-five years ago. His death was ruled a suicide, and Molly's obsessive efforts to prove to prove otherwise led to nothing but anguish and the breakup of hedr family. Now new information comnes her way and she reopens the old investigation with a vengeance, but the answers she finally wrests from the past leave her with a moral dilemma she never anticipated. Her quest becomes even more painful when Molly encounters a homeless woman who insists she knows about a secret plot to kill everyone in the Texas legislature. By the time she convinces Molly it's true, it may be too late to prevent disater!