Who really killed JFK?
A murky prologue, set in 1963, finds 11 powerful men known as the High Cabal making an important decision at a secret meeting. The story moves back and forth from 1963 to the present, when Colorado tunnel inspector Cornelius McPherson finds a dismembered arm, identified by a distinctive tattoo as that of his former co-worker Antoine Ducane. Thirty-five years earlier, shortly after telling McPherson that he knew who killed JFK, Ducane disappeared. In ’63, Antoine “Sugar Cane” Ducane, a petty criminal in Gary, Ind., fell in with a Chicago group of higher-end criminals with a grand plan for assassination. This took Ducane to Louisiana, a place he savored like a long-lost home. The plan took a weird turn when Ducane learned that Kennedy had been shot, and in Dallas. Back in present-day Colorado, larger-than-life bail bondsman CJ Floyd gets dragged into the case by old friend Mario Satoni, with whom CJ and ladylove Mavis are opening a new business specializing in Western collectibles and antiques. McPherson is gunned down in a bar parking lot just after an illuminating conversation with a Ducane acquaintance named Carl Watson. Floyd follows a long and twisty road to a solution.
Greer is a confident and generous storyteller. His sixth CJ Floyd mystery (The Fourth Perspective, 2006, etc.) entertains more with its picturesque detours into the backstories of a large cast of characters than its layered theory of the Kennedy assassination.