Crooked sheriff with straight arrow deputy are solving a murder case, father and son locked in the age old battle of right and wrong. Mix in wealth beyond belief and you have a dynamite plot.
Faith and Kyle Castleton-beautiful, young, and fabulously wealthy-should have made the perfect marriage. A marriage that never should have ended in Kyle's violent death and Faith's arrest for murder. But the powerful Castleton tobacco dynasty rules their North Carolina county like kings, and when they want a young widow disinherited and disgraced, it's done.
Faith's only hope is Wyn Ainsley, the crooked sheriff's straight-arrow son and deputy. Wyn's unshakable honesty and burning infatuation with Faith make him her best weapon, but he soon realizes he's in way over his head. And the greatest threat isn't from the vicious Castletons, but a much more subtle, much more devastating betrayal of the heart...
Inspired by the suicide of an heir to the R.J. Reynolds tobacco empire, Katkov (The Judas Kiss, LJ 9/15/91) creates a story of the murder of foppish tobacco heir Kyle Castleton at age 22, presumably by his older wife Faith, one nasty, lying femme. The local sheriff and his son, Wyn, cover the crime scene, and Wyn's infatuation with Faith brings her freedom from murder charges. This is a well-written story, filled with carefully delineated but totally unlikable characters. The novel effectively portrays the bleakness and bigotry of the South in the 1930s.