A mystery that takes place in a small town. The author gives you so many surprises that you don't know what will happen when you turn that page. The main character, Hud Matthews is quite the man, he is intelligent, stick to your guns, good looking and is very alert to people's feelings. That may come from being haunted since he was a little boy and his mother had been murdered. He's been in pain ever since and is bound and determined to find the answer to her murder. Not only that but he wants to know the answers to some of the secrets of his home town. It seems like there's a darkness around every corner and every closet holds a ghostly skeleton. The town used to be a favorite vacation spot, now it's full of drugs, violence and decay. WHY? Those skeletons grip hold of you and don't let go, not even after the last page is turned. The author doesn't use that nitty gritty graphic violence to get his point across. Instead he uses his characters to catch the reader's interest. He slowly picks at that wound inside Hud until it is exposed and Hud goes on the search of his life. He has to solve this and while doing so, he may come across more than he had any idea was there.
Three things are digging at Hud's heart:
A young woman's body found by Demmie Lake.What happened to him in Detroit that made him come back and go back to being a Detective?Then there's the mystery of his mother's death.
This book is a bit of a take away from the author's normal western novels. The emotions this book brings out are pure raw. You hurt for Hud and at the same time you're pushing him forward, knowing he's got the guts of steel that will bring him out on the winning end. At least you hope so! The author not only gives you a solid plot, very well described characters but brings those emotions and feelings into play. It's written on a serious note, and serious Hud is. This could happen in your small town. Think about it!
Haunted by the disappearance of his mother when he was eight years old, detective Hud Matthews begins his own investigation to find out what really happened so many years before. When a rare murder occurs in the lakeside community, Hud's veteran skills are called upon to capture the killer. Pulled deep into the threads of the community with ties to the past, Hud quickly becomes a target, not only of the killer, but of those who wish the past to be left alone. As Hud gets closer to discovering the truth about the crimes, he has to face a choice of enforcing the law, or stepping outside of it to make sure that his version of justice is served.
From the Trade Paperback edition.