The case proves to be a complicated morass of misplaced loyalties and questionable motivations, rivaled only by the current state of the Ludlow family. The return of eldest brother Rand sets in motion an explosive showdown that threatens the very fabric that holds the family together, forcing Fina to confront the true meaning of faith.
- ISBN-13: 9780399171192
- ISBN-10: 0399171193
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
- Publish Date: January 2017
- Page Count: 448
- Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.45 pounds
Series: Fina Ludlow Novel
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-10-24
- Reviewer: Staff
Toxic family secrets again threaten Fina Ludlows future in Thofts desultory fourth outing for the usually dynamic Boston PI (last seen in 2015s Shamus Awardwinning Brutality). As the fiercely independent Fiona tries to figure out whether to make a deeper commitment to police detective Cristian Menendez, a single dad, shes distracted by the return of her black sheep big brother, Rand, who sexually abused his teenage daughter, Haley. Meanwhile, paterfamilias Carl Ludlow, who runs the powerhouse personal-injury firm that employs Fina as an investigator and her siblings as lawyers, seems far less concerned about Haleys precarious well-being than a case centered on the born-again evangelical Covenant Rising Church, with which the daughter of a very old flame of his has become deeply involved. Very little of what Fina starts to uncover about luxe-loving Pastor Greg Gatchell and his wife, Gabby, comes as much of a surprise, and the rising levels of menace and mayhem, including a church insiders murder, all prove less than compelling. Agent: Helen Brann, Helen Brann Agency. (Jan.)