What would it be like to return to your hometown after twenty-five years in prison for a crime you have maintained you did not commit? And why would you?
Walter Desmond is back in Trafalgar, British Columbia, having been officially exonerated when new evidence showed corruption at worst, incompetence at best, by the Trafalgar City Police conducting the investigation. His pitbull attorney is seeking five million in damages from the provincial government. But Walt has not returned to Trafalgar to pursue money or revenge. He just wants to know the why of it.
The family of the murdered girl, Sophia D'Angelo, is bitterly determined to see Walt returned to prison - or dead. But for Trafalgar's police, including Sergeant John Winters and Constable Molly Smith, the reality is: if Walter didn't kill Sophia, someone else did.
So, case reopened. It lands on Winters' desk. The records are moldering. One investigating officer is dead, the other is retired - and not talking. The police are instructed to treat Walt as if he'd never been arrested or convicted. Someone else apparently killed Sophia, someone still walking free.
But too many minds remain closed. It's good luck for Walt that a group of women in town for the dragon boat race are staying in the B&B where he's booked, women with no local prejudices. But then a townswoman, then a boat woman, are attacked by a rapist, the media gets active, and tempers dangerously flare.
- ISBN-13: 9781464205156
- ISBN-10: 1464205159
- Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
- Publish Date: February 2016
- Page Count: 266
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds
Series: Constable Molly Smith Novels
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-12-07
- Reviewer: Staff
Why would the recently exonerated Walter Desmond, who spent 25 years in prison for a murder he didnt commit, even consider going back to the scene of the crime, his hometown of Trafalgar, British Columbia? The truth is that he wants to know why he was framedbut then again truth isnt easy to come by after all this time, as shown in Delanys absorbing eighth Constable Molly Smith mystery (after 2014s Cold Stone). One of his two arresting officers is dead under what becomes a suspicious circumstance, and the other, a retired curmudgeon, wants nothing to do with the police now that this cold murder case has been reopened. Walters enjoyment of his newly free life is short-lived with the onset of a series of violent attacks on local women. Though the conclusion is a bit lightweight, Delaney does a good job providing an unsavory view of old-boy small-town cop cliques, reminding us that some people dont get what they deserve. (Feb.)