From the author of Essence and Blackboard best-seller Shades of Jade, comes a story about the tragic loss of a son, the struggle to keep a family together and the hunt for a murderer who didn't leave any clues behind. After a bitter divorce, Troy Kirkwood and his five-year-old daughter, Meika, move in with his parents, Nola and Ron. Troy is a devoted father and son, but during an outing with his daughter he is called away - and never returns. Nola and Ron know that something must be terribly wrong, and Meika can't stop asking where her daddy is. Four days later the police discover Troy's body, with two bullet holes in it. As soon as Troy's older brother, Vann, hears the news, he promises to find Troy's killer and bring him to justice. There's just one problem - the police have no leads and Troy had almost no enemies. To make matters worse, Troy's crack-addicted ex-wife has recently resurfaced and is demanding custody of their daughter. The Kirkwoods are not about to give up Troy's only child. But as they struggle through family court and Troy's murder investigation, it takes their combined emotional strength to keep the family intact.
They slowly begin to realise that even if Troy's murder is solved, the pain of losing a child never really goes away.
Gloria Mallette lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York. Her previous novels include Shades of Jade and When we Practice to Deceive (both available from Turnaround).