A West Virginia cop must determine who had an axe to grind with a notorious womanizer in this mystery series opener.Retirement is on the horizon for Det. Sam Lagarde of West Virginia’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and he’s looking forward to it. As a cop with a reputation for persistence, he’s earned some relaxation. But first, there’s the matter of a head . . .Ben Cromwell is discovered, decapitated, in a dumpster behind a Charles Town spa. A known regular at the regional jail, Cromwell was no stranger to trouble. He was also no stranger to the ladies.As Lagarde begins digging into the victim’s life, he finds five women with one thing in common: their hatred of Ben Cromwell. Determining which of them followed through on that feeling won’t be easy, but if Lagarde doesn’t lose his top, he’ll come out ahead . . .“Layer upon layer, Ms. Fite connects the dots between her well-defined and wonderfully diverse characters.” —Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, author of Please Say Kaddish for Me“[Ginny Fite] has no trouble delving into the dark side of people and showing us that evil exists.” —Katherine Cobb, author of Break Out the Dawn“Not your ordinary murder mystery! . . . I couldn’t put it down.” —Tonya Royston, author of Surrender at Sundown
From Arthur Ellis Award–winning Grand Master of Crime Writers comes the newest installment in the Joanne Kilbourn series
When Libby Hogarth, the go-to lawyer for the rich or famous who have committed heinous crimes, comes to Regina to deliver the prestigious Mellohawk Lecture, she is met with a torrent of hostility and misinformation. Libby Hogarth had successfully defended Jared Delio, a wildly popular national radio host, against charges of sexual abuse brought against him by three Regina women. Her no-holds-barred cross-examination of the women stirred up a rage that still smolders.
Zack and Joanne Shreve’s commitment to protect Libby goes beyond the fact that in defending Delio, Libby had simply applied the principles at the root of the justice system. Zack and Libby share a history. They were the last two students to article with Fred C. Harney, a brilliant alcoholic lawyer who changed both their lives. Sawyer MacLeish, Libby’s associate, was like a much-loved third son to Joanne when he was growing up, and she fears that Sawyer will suffer collateral damage from any attack on Libby.
Joanne’s fears are not groundless, and when the inevitable happens, Joanne, Zack, and their extended family must pick up the pieces.
Asking too many questions – even the right ones – can get a person in trouble.
Laila Harrow knows the best way to track down anything—or anybody—ask Billie Farmer. As the brains of the Laguna Shores Research Club, Billie teaches fellow members how to reach into the ether and pluck out facts. Counting on Billie’s guidance, Laila promises the St. Augustine Museum a catalogue of Florida Highwaymen paintings that will catapult her standing in the art world. But when Billie dies suddenly, Laila is forced to pull herself out of the darkness to think like Billie and follow the facts.
Fact: Billie’s good health makes the diagnosis of a heart attack unlikely.Fact: Her actions the night of her death hint at a looming threat.Fact: Her condo has been turned upside down, her computer and phone missing.
With support from her friends and family, Laila vows to get to the bottom of Billie’s death. Then one last piece of information comes to light.
Fact: Laila is at the center of a dangerous game.
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