This one starts with a murder back in 1976. The murder of one of the ladies, Ava Hunter and a young man. The murder takes place at Dolly's Gentlemens Club.
The club is quite a well know bordello where movers and shakers in every venue congregate. They talk deals, business and crime.
The owner and madame is Dolly. A very intelligent Dolly.
In September 1996 we have Joshua Thornton, a JAG lawyer, getting ready to move to Naples, Italy with his family. He's been posted to Naples by the US Navy.
While waiting for his family at Allisons Diner an old friend, Mike Gardner walks up to him.
Gardner is a Hancock County Sheriffs Deputy. He's only been on the force for six months but he loves the job. Mike is a college grad and an ex marine. He grew up down the block from Josh. They've know each other for years.
After some catching up Mike Gardner asks Josh to accompany him to his meeting with a confidential informant. Josh has to politely decline.
Josh has the feeling he should go but he can't as he and his family are getting ready to leave. He just doesn't have the time.
Gardner understands completely. He's disappointed but understands Josh just has to much on his plate right now. Gardner gets his takeout lunch and leaves.
Josh watches him leave and notices a black Bonneville moving right behind him. Josh's family is all gathered so they leave. Josh has the overwhelming feeling that he really should have gone with Mike.
This is the last time anyone see's Deputy Mike Gardner. He disappeared and wasn't found for eighteen years.
So begins one damned fine read.
This one has Josh, his wife Cameron Gates, Josh's family, misconceptions among the family, Dr. Tad MacMillan, his wife Jan, murder, attempted murder, a little old lady named Dolly, a US Congresswoman, Gardners son Hunter Gardner, the husband of Mikes widowed wife, a couple of real mystery's, a found body, and Josh and Cam trying to figure it out.
Five Stars again.