Stanley Hopkins cannot resist the invitation from a honey-voiced US attorney asking him to track down the source of photographs of a young dance major abducted five years earlier from her apartment in Clarkeston, Georgia. A journalist has stumbled across newly posted pictures of Diana Cavendish on the Internet, apparently taken just days before she disappeared with her boyfriend.
While Stanley deals with vexing personal problems and scrambles to identify the owner of the website that acquired the photos, small-town journalist James Murphy and federal prosecutor Melanie Wilkerson uncover new evidence of the crime—and the cover-up—that ranges far beyond the confines of the victim’s quaint Georgia college town.
This second installment of the Clarkeston Chronicles presents new challenges for Hopkins that take him far from the California base he established in Death in Eden and introduces him to a fascinating group of collaborators who will anchor him in small-town Georgia.
VERDICT: In law professor Heald’s second series outing (after Death in Eden), the plotting and characterizations are faultless. This is sure to please devotees of academic mysteries and those who enjoy the government conspiracy novels of Jeff Abbott and Vince Flynn.
The action builds to an ingeniously satisfying resolution.
A sizzling cocktail of a cold abduction case, a peculiar group of investigators, a crooked senator, and subsidies to kill for.