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In this romantic thriller, Lilly Martin is in the small North Carolina town of Cleary, emptying her mountain cabin, which has been sold because of her recent divorce from the town's chief of police, Dutch Burton. Caught in a snowstorm on the mountain, Lilly runs into (literally) Ben Tierney as she tries to drive down to safety. Leaving the wrecked car in a ditch, the two make it back up the hill to her cabin, where they are stranded. The situation down in Cleary is tense: five women have mysteriously disappeared in the last two years. Gradually, suspicion focuses on Ben as a "person of interest," with many of the residents, including Dutch, considering him already convicted. Cleary is a strange town, full of maladjusted individuals: Dutch is an alcoholic who was fired from the Atlanta Police Department; his best friend is Wes Hamer, the high school football coach who is abusing his son while trying to relive his high school glory days. The FBI agents who show up to talk to Ben are rather unusual to say the least. Brown weaves all these vivid characters together into a spell-binding mosaic, while making us care about what happens to Lilly and Ben. Stephen Lang's narration is top-notch; his rendition of Dutch and Wes's "good ol' boy" conversations are priceless. Highly recommended for all adult fiction collections.-Nancy Reed, McCracken Cty. P.L., Paducah, KY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"Lust, jealousy, and murder suffuse Brown's crisp thriller." -- Publishers Weekly "Virtuoso plot twists...Brown's latest thriller engages the primal senses." -- Kirkus Reviews