Synopses & Reviews
Skeet's Cherokee grandmother has come to live with her and her teenage ward Brian, and Skeet is still trying to adjust to the change while also keeping the peace on the local college campus. Then Ash Mowbray, a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, comes back to Brewster as a wealthy developer, pushing plans to build a shopping mall on the outskirts of town that will destroy the town square businesses. The town council is split on his proposal, and emotions are running high.
Mowbray makes things worse by announcing that he is the real father of the high school athlete Noah Steen, having left Noahs mother, Chelsea, pregnant as a teenager when he fled town after high school. Chelsea and her husband Norman are horrified that Mowbray has publicized that Norman is not Noahs father and afraid that he will steal their beloved son from them. Noah is shocked to learn the truth of his parentage and furious with Mowbray. Its not long before Mowbray turns up murdered with Noah as the prime suspect. Brian and Noah's girlfriend Angie turn to Skeet to find the murderer and save their friend.
Linda Rodriguez's Every Hidden Fear is a thrilling and emotionally-resonant mystery, told by a masterful writer in full command of her craft.
"A peaceful college town goes berserk in Rodriguez's solid third Skeet Bannion mystery (after 2012's Every Broken Trust). When real estate developer Ash Mowbray returns to his hometown of Brewster, Mo., he proposes to build a new mall that would ruin the old-fashioned downtown, but his real purpose is to humiliate and destroy those who looked down on him as a youth. Suspects abound after someone fatally clobbers Mowbray with a golf club. Skeet Bannion, the strong-minded but emotionally vulnerable chief of the Choteau University police, must investigate on her own after a sociopathic tycoon pressures the local police to settle the case quickly by framing a high school athlete. Rodriguez efficiently stage-manages a large cast of townsfolk, and neatly uses what Skeet discovers about other people to comment on her personal confusion about her Cherokee heritage and her fear of romance. Agent: Ellen Geiger, Frances Goldin Literary Agency. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Riveting. Masterful. Suspenseful. Memorable. Every Hidden Fear is book three in Linda Rodriguezs Skeet Bannion series. Its a fast-paced, exhilarating drama starring a clever heroine, a ghastly murder and more suspects than innocents. Readers will be enthralled (once again) from the very first page to the last.”—Latina Book Club
“A true whodunit, Every Hidden Fear is also a study in human nature and a further development in the story of Skeet, a damaged but resilient woman and one of the most fascinating characters in the genre.” -The Richmond Times-Dispatch
“I love Skeet Bannion! The talented Linda Rodriguez's new cop in town is tough, smart and wonderfully vulnerable. This suspenseful and sensitive tale of small town secrets is captivating from page one. An absolute page-turner!”—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha award-winning author of The Wrong Girl
About the Author
LINDA RODRIGUEZ is a winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition. As a poet, she has won the Thorpe Menn Award and the Midwest Voices and Visions Award. Rodriguez is President of the Border Crimes chapter of Sisters in Crime. She is the author of Every Broken Trust and Every Last Secret. Her novels have been selected for the Las Comadres Bookclub, a national Latina bookclub. She lives with her husband in Kansas City, Missouri.