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"Traceless" by Debra Webb is about a man who spent ten years in prison after being falsely accused of murder, and the woman who single-handedly put him there. Clint returns to his Alabama hometown after his stint in prison is up, hoping to discover who the real killer is, or at least punish the townspeople who believe the worst of him. Emily was the one who'd found him standing over the body of her best friend, holding a bloody knife, and now she is determined to send him back to prison, watching him for the smallest parole violation.

Can these two work together to uncover the truth, and eventually fall in love? Yes, but not until an entire town has been introduced to the reader. A cast of thousands, or at least 25, hampers the enjoyment of this book. The author crams the book full of characters in order to camouflage the identity of the real killer, but gives huge, unmistakable clues. Warning for delicate readers: this story contains m/m and f/f sexual situations, as well as combinations thereof. All scenes are necessary for the absurd motive to make sense.

Book Blurb for Traceless

She's in search of JUSTICE.

Emily Wallace has no doubt about who killed her best friend ten years ago: Clint Austin, her then boyfriend. The key witness in his trial, Emily put Clint behind bars with her tearful testimony. But when Emily learns that Clint has been released on parole, she returns to her Alabama hometown to confront him-and make sure he never forgets the damage he has done.

He is dead-set on revenge.

After serving ten years for a crime he didn't commit, Clint knows only the truth can set him free. Ignoring warnings from his old friend, now the chief of police, Clint will let no one stand in his way as he tries to prove his innocence-including Emily, the girl he once loved who ruined his life. Prison has made him a hard man, yet he yearns for Emily.and he can see in her eyes that, in spite of herself, she feels the same. But even if he can convince Emily to trust him, it might be too late to clear his name-before the real killer strikes again.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2007 2.00