My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A dying convict’s last request thrusts small-town newspaperman Jefferson Morgan into a deadly maelstrom as he explores a fifty-year-old case of child murder — a wound his town still isn’t ready to scrape open. Under the heaviest deadline of his life, and amid threats from unexpected foes, Morgan must struggle with his own conscience to tell a story no matter the consequences, dig deep into the town’s past, and unveil a killer who’s managed to remain hidden in plain sight for almost 50 years.
This book is, at its heart, a great story, really well told. Each character is finely drawn and believable. The reader roots for Jeff as he struggles to keep his newspaper going, cope with the death of his young son and keep his beleaguered wife happy. Ron Franscell is a great story teller. The pace is excellent, the twists believable and the plot sweeps you onward from beginning to end. A great read from a great author.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley.
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