Meg's an ex-con with a bizarre family life--and she would rather keep her day job and forget all about the rest. But when the man whose Jeep she's shown up to repossess is found dead, some unsavory characters decide Meg might know more than she really does, and she's dragged into a twisting, turning plot with no means of escape but the truth.
This report prepared by Sarrah
Henry Holt, Jan 2001, 24.00, 246 pp.
After spending eighteen months in a New Mexico State penitentiary, twenty-nine years old Meg Gardner returns to her home in Missoula, Montana. Meg hopes to forge a relationship with her estranged parents, but fails to achieve her goal. Instead, Meg rents a small home and works as a repo person, taking possession of cars from individuals who default on their payments.
Her current job is to repossess Clay Bennett's Cherokee Jeep since the debtor is dead. Inside the vehicle, Meg notices a locked briefcase. Meg begins to open the briefcase, but has to stop when Ivan and his thugs demand she hand it over even to the point of using force. A woman comes by asking about the briefcase and Meg informs her that Ivan holds it. Next the police chief questions Meg. She learns that the deceased crashed a plane years ago and has been searching for it ever since. Soon someone threatens Meg's boyfriend and a buddy of Clay is dead. Meg has no idea what is going on, but if she is to remain alive, she better find out soon.
Jenny Siller has a lyrical style that allows readers to use their senses to vividly understand the local terrain and climate (wear a scarf it is cold up north). Through a series of flashbacks, the audience learns about the scandal surrounding Meg's parents, why she did hard time, and what she did before returning to Montana. The mystery is cleverly devised leading to a richly textured book that has several interesting levels for fans to discern.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner