A cautionary tale of one man’s inability to escape a shady past and the friend who uncovers his dirt.
Although Watkins Glen's Vintage Grand Prix Festival was meant to be a fun day out for her family, Jolene Parker finds herself in the middle of a police investigation when she’s presumed to have witnessed a man push another in front of a speeding car. Jolene and her foster son, Danny, didn’t see what really happened, but when the alleged murderer turns out to be Brennan Rowe, Jolene (In Sickness and in Death, 2011, etc.) is pressed to investigate further. Brennan is the first man to make Jolene’s friend Cory, the mechanic at her shop, truly happy, and Jolene can’t help giving Cory a hand in finding the truth, even though her sleuthing irks her husband, Ray. It’s not long before the teammates discover that Brennan was the driver in a crash that killed the dead man’s sister years ago. The roots of Brennan’s long back story may go back to his high school days, when he was quite a different person, and he’s not sure he can tell Cory the truth about himself. Still, another problem for Jolene is that Danny’s bail-jumping father is in town, and Ray’s determined to have him arrested, no matter what it would do to Danny.
Bork isn’t afraid to develop ongoing characters beyond standard storylines, though the main story this time is a tad complex.