Newspaper reporter Richard Carlisle is not liked or admired by his colleagues. When his body is discovered by the side of a road, no one sheds any tears. What the autopsy report reveals, however, catches Detective Quinlin's attention. Instead of a bullet or knife, the unlucky reporter was murdered by an injection of snake venom. What was the young man investigating? And who used such a bizarre method to silence him? Pulling together the evidence, Quinlin soon finds himself pitted against one of the most powerful and dangerous families in Texas.
"A well-written, well-plotted blend of mystery and suspense." (Publishers Weekly)
"Swindle...has an excellent ear for dialogue, capturing his characters' strengths and foibles in a few clean strokes. He also has a knack for building suspense slowly yet inexorably and then delivering the coup de grace deftly." (Booklist)