Wiehl’s latest is captivating and difficult to put down. Racial tensions run high, subtle faith elements unite the historical mysteries and the author’s personal connection to the story adds to the realism. Readers can piece the clues together along with the characters. A secondary storyline about President Kennedy’s cabinet is neatly tied in.
In 1965, while investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Special Agent James Waldren took his daughter, Lisa, to a civil rights rally where a prominent man was murdered. Leonard Dubois was arrested for the murder and scheduled to be executed. Years later, James enlists his estranged daughter, now a federal prosecutor, to prove that Leonard is innocent before it’s too late. Though Lisa questions if reconciliation with her father is possible, she agrees to help, especially since a powerful family might be involved. (THOMAS NELSON, Jan., 320 pp., $26.99)