A twisting debut novel of murder and dark family secrets from a riveting new voice in crime fiction.
A murdered woman. A grieving husband. And their son-a mentally handicapped adult with a history of violent outbursts. A very simple case. Or is it?
Leo Hewitt, an Assistant DA once blamed for setting free a notorious child-killer, is eager to redeem himself with this intimate and grisly crime. As he digs below the surface he discovers more than he ever anticipated-including an emotionally disturbed wife, a husband who'd do anything to escape his disastrous marriage, and an accused young man with no apparent means of defense. But with each shocking new revelation, Leo is only led deeper and deeper into the darkness-an inescapable trap of blood bonds and twisted family secrets.
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Grant Jerkins lives with his wife and son in the Atlanta area, where he has worked for ten years advocating for adults with developmental disabilities.Review:
You have to admire the purity of Jerkins's writing: He's determined to peer into the darkness and tell us exactly what he sees.
--Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
This tale is so stylishly twisted that I read it in one sitting.
--Carole E. Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Gritty, sordid, disturbing and addictive.
Well-fashioned but extremely nasty study in abnormal psychology, which dares us to solve a mystery in which none of the normal character cues can be taken at face value.
--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
Verdict: No one in this novel is as they appear to be, and the twists and turns never let up until the very last page. This dark, chilling debut, which has been optioned for film by screenwriter Nicholas Kazan (Reversal of Fortune) is a real page-turner and should especially appeal to legal thriller fans.
-Starred Review, Library Journal, Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, FL
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