This intricate mystery starts with a bang, unfolds gradually and builds to a surprising climax when an unexpected villain emerges. There is a secondary love story that balances the action.

Jazz McNeil comes home 16 years after he killed his best friend Alex in a car wreck. Mixed reactions greet his return and he wonders if he has made the right decision when circumstances reunite him with Anne-Marie Kincade, Alex's younger sister. The attraction is immediate and strong and builds into something more as she never believed Jazz was responsible for the crash.

They begin their investigation and are met with resistance on all sides. When her father is attacked, they realize they might be on the right track. The more they probe, the more suspects emerge, including the deputy who was first on the scene of the original accident. Jazz and Anne-Marie find unanticipated allies and unforeseen enemies once everyone realizes he might not be guilty. (, dl $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown