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Winter's Child (Judge Deborah Knott, Bk 12)
Winter's Child - Judge Deborah Knott, Bk 12 Author:Margaret Maron It's one month after their wedding, and the future looks bright for Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff Deputy Dwight Bryant, until a disturbing call from Dwight's 8-year-old son Cal calls him back to Virginia. When he arrives, he is shocked to find that his ex-wife has left the boy alone for almost 24 hours. Worse, as Dwight tries to confro... more »nt her, she takes the child and leaves town without a word. As Dwight embarks on an all-points search, Deborah hurries to his side. But will they be able to work together to decipher the ex-wife's motives and, more importantly, will they find young Cal before he comes to harm?« less
I don't agree that it was so "fast moving" particularly. There seemed not to be a lot of excitement about her missing step-son. The first murder back in NC seemed to add nothing to the book, but extra pages.
Judge Deborah Knott is just married to Sheriff Deputy Dwight Bryant and about as happy as it is possible to be. But they are still learning how to be married as they approach their one month anniversary.
Then a disturbing call from Dwight's son, Cal, sends Dwight to Virginia to see why Cal's mother isn't with him on that night. It turns out that Dwight's ex is missing and has been for a couple of days, and soon after Dwight's arrival Cal becomes another missing person.
Deborah joins Dwight in Virginia as they struggle to find Cal and soon they are dealing with his mother's murder as well.
This is another excellent book from Maron with characters that are so real I think of them as old friends.