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The world as Liz Connor knows it comes unhinged the day the FBI arrests her mother, Betty, for a 30- year-old murder. Liz is positive there must be a mistake—her mother cannot be the woman of a different name wanted for robbery and murder. But to her daughter and husband's consternation, Betty refuses to talk and plans to plead guilty.

Former cop Caleb Adams has a very special interest in this decades- old case—his father was one of the two people killed. He arrives on the scene determined to see if Betty knows the whereabouts of the rest of the anti-war gang. Presuming that neither Liz nor her family will talk to him if they know the connection, Caleb claims to be writing a book about the case.

When Liz's house is torched and a hit man tries to kill her, both Liz and Caleb realize that there must be more to this story than what's been revealed. Who wants Liz and her mother dead?

This ripped-from-the-headlines plot is extremely transfixing and quite intense. Many of the characters in this terrific drama have secrets and scars that drive the fast-paced action. This multilayered and thought- provoking thriller is pure Potter. (Jun., 352 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith