Fifteen years ago, Reed Conway was convicted of killing his abusive stepfather, Junior Blalock. Reed has always maintained his innocence and holds Prosecutor Webb Porter responsible for his conviction. After all these years, Reed is out on parole and returning to Spring Creek. A lot has changed since he went to prison; Webb Porters daughter, Ella, is now a local judge. In the heat of anger, Reed wrote several threatening letters to Ella when he was first confined. Now the town waits to see what Reed has in store.

Ella is a bit concerned when she learns of Reeds homecoming, considering their past. When she suddenly receives another threatening letter, Ella assumes Reed sent it. But he denies sending her the note, and while she isnt sure she believes him, Ella does admit that it seems a bit too convenient. Reeds return has obviously made someone really nervous.

The dark and moody atmosphere of Beverly Bartons newest thriller amplifies the chills in this terrific suspense tale. This is one talented author. (Sep., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith