Ben Rader has come home to Parish, Mississippi. As chief of police, he is going to do all in his power to find the truth about the death of an old friend, and he doesn't care whose toes he steps on along the way.

Eve Maitland married into the town's most influential family. Since her husband's death, she has been trying to better the community and keep her step-children in line. She has a reputation for stubbornness and Ben's way of working immediately rubs her the wrong way.

As his investigation continues, Ben is continually forced into contact with Eve. Unsavory elements surround them as the scope of the murder begins to include gambling, vandalism and drugs. From the poorest families living in squalor, to the town's finest, no one is immune to the trouble.

Ms. Myers gives readers an incredible depth of storytelling. Her characters are well-defined and even the seemingly smallest story ties into the whole masterfully. The only weakness to the story might be the slow start, but stick with it, because the results are worth the wait. (May, 480 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson