When Detective Macy Greeley is called to Wilmington Creek, a sleepy ranching community in northern Montana, she expects an open-and-shut, if high-profile, murder case. What greets her is anything but. John Dalton, a soldier returned home from serving in Afghanistan, has been shot dead in an alleyway outside a local bar.Read more...
When Detective Macy Greeley is called to Wilmington Creek, a sleepy ranching community in northern Montana, she expects an open-and-shut, if high-profile, murder case. What greets her is anything but. John Dalton, a soldier returned home from serving in Afghanistan, has been shot dead in an alleyway outside a local bar. Macy can't see any obvious motive for the attack, but John's closest friends and his twin sister, Jessie, have been keeping secrets.
With a series of wildfires pushing the area's resources to the limit and Darby Lake's water level dropping to a record low, Jessie is becoming increasingly anxious about what may be uncovered if the rains don't return to the valley soon. Haunted by what's hidden beneath the still waters, she doesn't know whether to help or hinder Macy's investigation. And Macy herself is increasingly uneasy about what she discovers as she navigates the politics of a small town and the Dalton family clan, as well as her own complicated relationship with the father of her young son.
Macy Greeley returns in another taut and intimate mystery from acclaimed "Bone Dust White" author Karin Salvalaggio.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-02-16
- Reviewer: Staff
In Salvalaggio’s absorbing second mystery featuring Det. Macy Greeley (after 2014’s Bone White Dust), Macy investigates the shooting murder of 26-year-old John Dalton, a highly decorated veteran of the Afghanistan war, in Wilmington Creek, Mont. The victim and his twin sister, Jessie, shared a secret involving militia leader Ethan Green, a secret that’s hinted at in the first chapter and that resonates throughout. Macy has to deal not only with the dysfunctional Dalton family, headed by powerful Jeremy Dalton, but also with her married boss, Ray Davidson, head of the state police, with whom she has a one-and-a-half-year-old son. Green hasn’t been seen for a year, but may be behind the shooting. While Davidson becomes convinced that Green was the culprit, Macy has her doubts. More killings follow, raising the tension all the way to the cliffhanger ending. The rugged Montana terrain matches the ruggedness of its inhabitants. Agent: Felicity Blunt, Curtis Brown. (May)