When Jenny is the victim of a suspicious car accident, Craddock has no choice but to get involved. He demands that she tell him what he needs to know to protect her and to solve the mysteries surrounding the strange events that began taking place as soon as Jenny's mother passed away.
Forced to confront the past, Jenny plunges into a downward spiral of rage and despair. She is drinking heavily and seems bent on self-destruction. Craddock must tread lightly as he tries to find out who is behind the threats to her. But only by getting to the bottom of the secrets buried in Jenny's past can he hope to save her both from herself and from whoever is out to harm her.
- ISBN-13: 9781633880467
- ISBN-10: 163388046X
- Publisher: Seventh Street Books
- Publish Date: April 2015
- Page Count: 271
Series: Samuel Craddock Mystery #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-02-09
- Reviewer: Staff
In Shames’s winning fourth Samuel Craddock mystery (after 2014’s Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek), the laconic Texas lawman takes up a case based on the incoherent mutterings of a dying woman, Vera Sandstone. It’s not really a case as such, since Vera cautioned that her daughter, Samuel’s longtime neighbor and county prosecutor Jenny Sandstone, might be in some kind of mortal danger. At first, he doesn’t take Vera’s warning very seriously, and neither does Jenny, but when attacks are made on Jenny’s beloved horses and then on her, he’s inclined to keep a closer eye on things. However, the more he presses Jenny for details—especially about her mysteriously estranged brother, Eddie, whom he suspects might be a person of interest—the more she withdraws. Craddock moseys among the locals, following his keen instincts and sorting clues, until reaching a satisfying resolution. Agent: Gail Fortune, Talbot Fortune Agency. (Apr.)