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By Grant Jerkins

A twisting debut novel of homicide and darkish kinfolk secrets and techniques from a riveting new voice in crime fiction. A murdered girl. A grieving husband. And their son-a mentally handicapped grownup with a background of violent outbursts. a very easy case. Or is it? Leo Hewitt, an Assistant DA as soon as blamed for surroundings loose a infamous child-killer, is keen to redeem himself with this intimate and grisly crime. As he digs less than the outside he discovers greater than he ever anticipated-including an emotionally disturbed spouse, a husband who'd do whatever to flee his disastrous marriage, and an accused younger guy without obvious technique of safeguard. yet with every one stunning new revelation, Leo is simply led deeper and deeper into the darkness-an inescapable seize of blood bonds and twisted family members secrets and techniques.

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He was stronger, smarter, and more worldly than me. “It’s not like that,” I said. “It’s exactly like that. I know it. You know it. She knows it. Men cannot be trusted. ” Monty lit another cigarette, blew a smoke ring. It drifted into my face. “And she’s worth how much? How many millions? ” “Look, Adam, your track record with women isn’t exactly phenomenal. ” That was a low blow. I was shocked that he would dare mention it at all. He was referring to an incident from our childhood. A girl who vacationed with our family.

Just as Monty has coached me, I do not hesitate with my answer, yet still, in the time it takes me to open my mouth and spit the words out, I can feel the eyes of the jury on me, drinking me, eating me, like the body of Christ. “No,” I say. “No. ” TWO Rachel had always been a good wife. But at some point, and without my realizing I had done it, I did to her what had been done to me and my brother so long ago. I delegated her to a lower level. She was still there, with me, seemingly an important fixture in my life, as always, but now in a place below me, separate.

Laid the groundwork. Albert’s behaviors were under control through medication. Thus he was presumably no longer a danger to himself or to anyone else. I plead my case, spoke of the void in my family, Rachel’s deteriorating psychiatric condition that now precluded her leaving the house, our need for this. I ended by saying a home visit could afford Albert some sense of connection. I said it could give him a degree of normalization and the doctor’s eyes brightened. He consented. I had Albert in the car with me.

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