Mira, Nov 2004, 650, 384 pp.
An anonymous phone caller informs DC TV investigative reporter Tess Abbott that her father Jodie Burns, who officially committed suicide in prison, did not kill himself or her mother twenty-five years ago. Tess thought her dad's death was justice, but the frightened woman on the other end of the phone leaves her with some doubts that she tries to ignore.
Tess heads back to her hometown of Grady, Mississippi to uncover what happened so many years ago. She meets investigative journalist Spencer Reed who is working on a story that will destroy the gubernatorial candidacy of Everett Caine, the prosecutor who gained the conviction of Jodie. As they compare notes and begin digging up hidden information, Tess' microscopic uncertainty that her father was innocent begins to grow to where she feels the state convicted the wrong man. However, someone wants her and Matt stopped and begins killing witnesses to her mother's death. As the two reporters fall in love they struggle to stay alive long enough to cherish these feelings and expose a desperate murderer
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner