The body count gets high in this novel of adultery, revenge, and abuse of power set in Lee County, North Carolina. First one high school girl is raped and murdered, then another, and another, and another. When the father of the fourth victim becomes impatient with the pace of the investigation, he contacts retired United States Marshall, Kenneth Sadler. Sadler, a widower, is happy for the work and grateful for an excuse to temporarily relocate away from the many widows in nearby Moore County who view him as a desirable catch.
Sadler does not get off on the right foot with Lee County Sheriff Joe Dorman. While it’s natural that the local authorities do not welcome a private investigator from the outside, Sadler learns that Sheriff Dorman may have particular reasons for trying to keep a tight rein on this case. Other discoveries raise questions about the behaviors and intentions of both high school students and the adults in their lives. Whose behavior is more foolish? More dangerous?
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