A cold case murder, a grisly discovery, and a viper´s nest of resentment, betrayal, and dirty secrets converge in this mystery perfect for fans of Kathy Reichs and Jayne Ann Krentz.
It´s been 12 years since Sandi Parkman went missing after being dropped off at home by her schoolmate, Nick Larson, now the Sheriff of Freeport, Michigan. When a construction crew unearths Sandi´s bones--along with Nick´s letterman jacket and one of his hairs--Nick becomes suspect number one in the murder.
Dr. Emily Hartford, the daughter of Freeport´s medical examiner, is called in to investigate, but the case is about to get personal. Nick was Emily´s high school love, and now she has to either clear his name--or contend that he´s the killer. As she delves into the case, a host of other suspects emerge: a coterie of Nick´s jock friends from high school; Sandi´s sister, Tiffany, now a dancer at a local strip club; and James VanDerMuellen, a trust funder who´s recently returned to Freeport.
As the autumn skies darken over Freeport and the holiday season looms, Emily must sift through more than Sandi´s brittle bones to solve the case. Can she exonerate Nick--and rekindle their long-smoldering romance? The race is on to find the truth.