Leisure, Nov 2004, 6.99, 384 pp.
Though her husband Brian ran off with the banker's wife Jessica Beecher, everyone in the small southwest Texas community blames schoolteacher Susan Maddox while providing casseroles and sympathy for the other cuckolded person, Hal. Some feel she killed her spouse although the runaways were sighted in New Mexico. Even his mother spreads rumors that Susan is to blame for her favorite son vanishing.
Susan wants Brian's brother, Luke to investigate and find evidence to exonerate her. Luke and Susan were attracted to one another back in high school, but her mother interfered and she ended up married to his brother, whom she remained faithful to although she never forgot her first love. As someone tries to kill her to stop her from looking into the disappearances, Luke steps in to keep the woman he loves safe.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner