In Nashville, Tennessee, the whole city mourns as Jimmie Horne, the city's first black mayor, is shot dead by a crazed hippie, a mourning broken by shock when the assassin is himself gunned-down by a professional hitman.
Ochs Jones, a reporter for a Nashville paper, smells something fishy and begins to investigate, starting with a private mental hospital in upstate New York, where a patient has been raving about the assassination since almost a week before it happened.
Partially told in the form of Jones's letters and notes, the novel chronicles his investigation of the Horne slaying. Soon, he unearths the presence of a third shooter, a professional killer named Thomas Berryman who specializes in accidents and suicides.
The novel also traces Berryman's path, from New York to New Orleans to Nashville, and his preparations for the biggest murder since Martin Luther King, Jr. was slain.
This report prepared by James Craver
The police closed the case of the Jimmie Horn murder because the obvious suspect was killed. Until Ben Toy started telling what he knew. While Ben was in the nut ward no one had a clue that Thomas Berryman was the killer.
This report prepared by judy
I never thought Patterson could write a bad book, but I was wrong. It's a good thing I didn't start with this novel, I'd have never read any of his others. Terrible, absolutely terrible. I can't believe that this is the same author I've come to know and love. It's a shame that this book is so poor, it could have been so much better. Bad character development, bad plot, just bad. I would not reccomend this book to anyone.
This report prepared by Steve Schmitz