THE DEADLIEST DENIAL

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Claire Winslow's nightmare begins the morning police officers knock on her door and tell her that her husband, Det. Spence Winslow, has been arrested for murder. The worst part is that, according to the police, Spence had been trying to have Claire killed. Devastated, she retreats to her horse farm and buries herself in her work.

When Spence is released on bail, Claire's father gives her a gun for protection. She never expects to use the weapon, but when Spence surprises her, she accidentally shoots him. While patching up his wound, Spence insists that he's been framed. Claire doesn't know what to believe -- and her life may depend on discovering the truth.

Thompson's style is gritty, and that works well with her flawed and driven characters. This intense novel hinges on the burning question of trust and what happens when you suspect it's been given in error. High family drama mixes with deadly suspense. (May, 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith