Zebra, Dec 2000, 5.99, 384 pp.
Fifteen years ago Johnny Mack Cahill left his hometown of Noble?s Crossing, Alabama, vowing to never return. Johnny settled in the Houston area and became a successful wealthy businessman. Now Johnny has received an anonymous note from his hometown, stating: ?Your son needs you. Come home.? Johnny never knew he had a child, but the accompanying picture from a newspaper article is that of a younger him. The mother being Lane Noble Graham also mystifies him since she is the only magnolia he failed to score with during his time in town. Finally, he cannot believe that Lane is the prime suspect in the murder of her former spouse as the article also says.
Johnny returns to Noble Crossing to meet his son and to learn the truth about who the biological mother is, who sent the note, and who killed Kent. As he begins his search for answers, a killer will murder again to keep certain secrets hidden. As his love for Lane rekindles and she reciprocates, he remains stubbornly convinced that she is too good for him.
AFTER DARK is an exciting southern romantic suspense tale. The story line is fast-paced as the mystery supplements a wrong side of the track romance. The support cast adds depth, atmosphere, and dark secrets to the stirring plot. The lead couple is the typical ?good girl bad boy? mix yet Beverly Barton brings a feel of freshness to that theme in this engaging book.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner