Warner, Jun 2003, 19.95, 424 pp.
The finding of the Mayan ruin La Chimenea is the epitome of an already illustrious career for archeology team Dr. Walt Gaines and his beloved spouse Jocelyn. As they work the dig he thinks back over his three decades of marriage and their three adult sons. He knows his wife has kept him young. However, their glorious moment ends tragically when thugs kill Jocelyn and loot much of the find. Even bringing her remains to Wisconsin for cremation is an ordeal as cops from both countries imply that Walt arranged the murder of his wife.
One year later, Walt has pieced together what really happened in Central America, but keeps the truth from the law and his three sons. His suddenly rich and living in California lifestyle includes a new girlfriend closer in age to his children. His silence leads to his three sons to wonder if their father killed their mother. The trio makes inquiries that links Walt's affluence to a Mayan artifact black market. They speculate that their mother learned what their father was doing and threatened to expose his nefarious dealings so he had her silenced. Now what to do with what they believe they know.
Though at times quite suspenseful and filled with an interesting closing twist, readers will have to accept that the three sons could coax information from various sources known for protecting clients. The story line shines in Central America and those scenes when the threesome suspects that their father is a spousal killer. Though there are many inane details that subtract from the tale, J. F. Freedman has written an entertaining suspense thriller.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner