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Bay Tanner and her lover, Alain Darnay, are relishing hot days and sultry nights at her home on Hilton Head—until they become murder suspects.

Following Bay from the tennis club to the parking lot of her hotel, Carter Anderson accuses her of murdering his father, who was involved in the death of her husband. When the young man disappears and blood is found in his car, even Bay’s police officer brother-in-law Red is suspicious. A night trip to check out the car-dump leads the lovers to Miss Minnie, who wields a shotgun and some cryptic hints. When Bay returns next morning to discover Miss Minnie dead, she and Alain are in even hotter water. Scarcely recovered from her physical and emotional scars of the recent past (Judas Island, 2004, etc.), Bay is devastated when Alain, again working for Interpol, leaves her to fight the charges alone. Generations of local influence seem helpless against the machinations of a newly arrived judge and police officer. So Bay calls on the resources of her father, retired Judge Talbot Simpson, computer expert Erik Whiteside, Red Tanner and old college friend/investigative reporter Gabby Henson. They discover a vipers’ nest of crooked cops and drug dealers that force Bay to face up to some long-buried problems.

Make sure there’s lots of sweet tea on hand to keep you alert for the rousing conclusion.

Pub Date: May 9th, 2005
ISBN: 0-312-33793-0
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Dunne/Minotaur
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2005


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