Synopses & Reviews
A heat wave has struck Hampstead, Kansas, and Susan Wren, police chief of the sweltering town, has a vile flu. She struggles to keep up with work piling on her desk, while also dealing with a troubled teenage girl, a delusional World War II veteran, and a rookie cop who needs to be fired before her enthusiasm and inexperience get someone killed. If this weren't enough to contend with, trouble from the outside world enters the small town.
Cary Black is new in Hampstead, hiding out from her abusive policeman husband, Mitch. The woman she was to stay with has disappeared, and Cary, not wanting to alert the police, assumes the woman's identity. Mitch will stop at nothing to recover his wife, but when he tries, he'll be on Police Chief Susan Wren's turf.
This seventh entry in the highly praised series is the most thrilling and suspenseful yet. Charlene Weir weaves an intricate tale and Susan Wren encounters every obstacle she meets with courage and resourcefulness.
"Police chief Susan Wren puzzles out the crimes directly and coincidentally linked to battered woman Cary Black, who flees California for Hampstead, Kans., to escape her abusive husband, cop Mitch Black, in Weir's dark, skillfully plotted seventh outing (after 2003's Up in Smoke). Cary's contact in Kansas, Kelby Oliver, appears to have vanished, so a desperate Cary temporarily assumes her identity. But when Cary hears a friend back in California was murdered, she knows it's only a matter of time until her husband finds her. What she doesn't know is that Kelby Oliver has enemies of her own, who are also out for retribution. Susan digs up the file from the brutal rape and murder of Lily Farmer two years earlier and pieces together clues to the threats facing Cary and Kelby. Blending the murderous and mundane, Weir deftly ties up the many threads of her tale." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Fleeing her abusive police officer husband, Mitch, Cary Black seeks refuge in the tiny town of Hampstead, Kansas, but she is terrified to discover that the woman who is supposed to shelter her has vanished and that she must depend on local police chief Susan Wren to uncover the truth. By the author of Up in Smoke.
Weir's seventh entry in this acclaimed series is the most suspenseful and thrilling yet, as the terrified wife of an abusive policeman takes refuge in Hampstead, Kansas, home to Police Chief Susan Wren, who can be as tough an opponent as any big-city cop.
About the Author
first novel, The Winter Widow,
won the SMP/Malice Domestic Contest for Best First Traditional Mystery Novel. She lives in El Cerrito, California.