It's 1975, two years before the murder of Delores Fogel shocked the Central Texas town of Elysium, setting up the chain of events that would lead to the post-millennium conclusion to the mystery in Murder in Elysium. Michael Lee "Mucho Love" Harper, Elysium's Chief of Police, has a double-murder on his hands, and this is the strangest killing of his career.
The Childress's were wealthy and they had their fingers in every slice of local pie. They were, however, hermits, hoarders, and the owners of a chain of funeral parlors that stretched from the Gulf Coast to El Paso. Mucho Love, Elysium's sentinel, must delve deeply into the dark secrets of his own town in order to catch the killer and hold onto his job - a monumental task, because the powers-that-be want anything but a resolution.