by Brenda Novak
January 24, 2007
Available in: Paperback
The Reverend Lee Barker went missing nineteen years ago....
And the people of Stillwater, Mississippi believe they know why. They're convinced he was murderedby his stepson, Clay Montgomery. But only Clayand his mother and sisterscan say for sure. They were the only ones there that fateful night, the only ones who know what really happened. And they're not talking.
Allie McCormick is a cold case detective from Chicago. After a particularly difficult divorce, she's returned to Stillwater with her six-year-old daughter to find the peace she once knew in her hometown, and to work for the local police force while she's starting over. But when Clay's powerful enemies join forces to put him behind bars, Allie feels duty-bound to uncover the truth. Her instincts tell her he didn't murder the Reverend Lee Barker.
Maybe Clay's a dark and brooding man with more than his share of secrets, but he was just sixteen at the time. And he's not a cold-blooded killer. At least that's what Allie believesuntil she finds proof that behind the preacher's pious demeanor lurked the heart of a monster.
Then she has to ask herself whether justice has already been done....
It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s career as a bestselling author—she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home. “When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,” Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and won many awards, including five Rita nominations, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Book Seller’s Best and the National Reader’s Choice Award. Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually raising funds for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). So far, Brenda has raised $2.6 million. Please visit http://www.brendanovakforthecure.org to see how you can help.