In the latest installment of this acclaimed series, McCone must tackle the cold case of a missing woman and face her own worst fears: what can happen when a marriage goes bad- or turns deadly.
In the wake of her Nevada nuptuals to fellow detective Hy Ripinsky, McCone dives into one of her most baffling cases yet- the disappearance of Laurel Greenwood, who vanished twenty-two years before without a trace. Laurel's grown-up daughter is desperately seeking closure and wants McCone to find out the fate of the young mother and artisty who never returned from a day of landscape painting in a central California coastal town. The case is cold, and the evidence McCone begins uncovering is chilling. Secrets kept for two decades now emerge to create a portrait of a woman who's perfect on the surface and anything but a paragon beneath it. She intends to uncover the truth- the whole truth- even when it awakens her suspicions that the bonds of marriage can easily become chains, and that escaping them may lead to desperate acts... or murderous ones.
Marcia Muller has written many novels and short stories, with her novel WOLF IN THE SHADOWS winning an Anthony Boucher award. She lives in Northern California with her husband, mystery writer Bill Pronzini.