For the past decade, Sayre Hoyle
Lynch has avoided all contact with her noxiously overbearing family. But news
of her younger brother Danny's apparent suicide forces her to return home. Feeling guilty for not returning Danny's
phone call before his death, Sayre
soon learns that a local police officer
is asking questions regarding his demise. Did Danny really commit
suicide or was he murdered?

Despite her distaste for everything associated with Hoyle Enterprises,
Sayre is intrigued by legal counsel
Beck Merchant. Beck is smart and quite attractive, but in Sayre's mind he's sold
his soul to her father. Deadly secrets and old grudges are finally coming home
to roost in the Hoyles' backyard.

Atmospheric and darkly intense, this twisted family saga crackles with anger and passion. Brown has a real gift for creating characters and situations that are alive with mystery and intrigue. (Aug., 432 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith