Five Star, Aug 2003, 25.95, 310 pp.
In 1947 the tragic Grandcamp explosion in Texas City captures the attention of most Texans. However in Dallas, gambling king Willie Peabody visits former prosecutor David Weather to warn him to take care of his half sister, stripper Belinda Bain. The next day Willie is found dead with six bullets in his corpse. City Detective Prescott Hadley leads one side of the investigation while his enemy county sheriff O'Dell Orton the other.
Everyone seems to lean towards the belief that David killed Willie. Still he plans to mind his business after his previous sleuthing intercession led to his present fall from grace. However, David changes his mind when he finds reporter Jane Aldar, a woman he thinks he may love, has gone undercover at Willie's Star D Club. He digs deep into the Peabody family and associates to learn who killed the felon in order to insure Jane remains safe.
This exciting historical mystery will bring plenty of respect as an author to Tricia Allen. The story line shines an impressive light on post-World War II Texas yet never loses sight of the who-done-it. The police procedural elements are fun to observe as the county and city argue over jurisdiction while failing to gain information. David is a strong character weathering storms from friends and foes that will make him a fan favorite and send readers seeking his previous appearance (Texas Weather).
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner