Sam Moore's little brother vanished 50 years ago. No body. No answers. What Sam has is a boatload of guilt, since he failed to accompany Billy on his final, fateful bike ride. While struggling to eliminate the rapacious Japanese Knotweed from his gardens, Sam discovers a glowing marble. It warms to his touch and whisks him back in time to his childhood. Billy and Sam's childhood pals appear beside him - breathing,sweating, laughing - and very much alive.
Just before the American president is scheduled to appear in Sam Moore's hometown of East Goodland, Sam's retirement plans are delayed when his daughter, Beth, goes missing. Newly reunited with the spirit of his younger brother, Billy, who died 50 years ago, Sam is guided by an unusual talisman - a small green marble - that reveals a perplexing link between Beth andher mysterious roommate, Zafina Azziz. Who is the real Zafina? Med student, loving friend, Egyptian royal - or a keeper of deadly secrets?
When retired family doctor Sam Moore's old girlfriend is murdered in a local hotel, the police suspect his involvement. The coroner, a former med school colleague whose husband is about to desert her, reveals that she had a crush on Sam in med school. When she is strangled the next day in her own morgue, Sam is once again in the hot seat. Sam's world falls apart when he returns home to find a family member killed in the laundry room, stabbed with his own garden shears.
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