When an army officer is found dead in the small Virginia town of Hopewell, the murder sets in motion a sequence of events that will forever change the life of Sheriff A.G. Farrell. A.G.'s investigation is hampered by a strangely hostile provost marshal from the murdered captain's base and by the captain's enigmatic widow, Theresa Fitzgerald, whose beauty, like the terrible heatwave that hangs heavily in the Southern summer air, leaves soldiers and civilians alike gasping for relief. When a thin thread ties together the otherwise unsuspicious deaths of four young women over the past four years, A.G. struggles to retain his sense of objectivity and propriety as sexual tension grows between Theresa and himself, while facing down the provost marshal whose rush to judgement will get the wrong man hung for murder.
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 106.68 x 170.18 x 22.86mm | 181.44g
- 17 Feb 2003
- St Martin's Press
- New York, United States
"A finely crafted, superbly written novel that deserves wide readership."-"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "John A Miller has created a fascinating character in A.G. Farrell . . . violence, sex, a mystery to be solved. Miller has all the ingredients for this fast-moving tale."-"The Colombia State" "A story within a story . . . deserves not just nominations but deserves to bring home the Oscar (or the book equivalent)."-"The Anniston Star"
About John A Miller
John A. Miller is the author of the critically acclaimed novels "Cutdown, Causes of Action, "and "Tropical Heat." Miller's "Jackson Street and Other Stories" won the California Book Award for First Fiction. He lives in Georgia.