Synopses & Reviews
When Casey Maldonado and Death hitch a desperate ride away from one disaster, they throw themselves right into the middle of another one. The semi in which they are traveling crashes, and before the Grim Reaper takes Evan the Trucker away, Evan whispers to Casey about a stash hidden in the truck that she should keep away from them.
Them turns out to be a band of men who want that package no matter what it takes, and they believe Casey knows where and what it is. Alone and injured, with neither money nor identification, Casey escapes from under the noses of the ER doctors and her pursuers, and hides out in the cornfields of Kansas. The valuable stash turns out to be photos, truck manifests, and other information pointing Casey toward something big and complicated a conspiracy? Smuggling? Blackmail? She cant be sure.
Casey, uncertain how to proceed, is led by Death to a group of teenagers looking for something other than dust and crops to fill their days and their nights. Using their limited resources, she finds her way into a maze of greed and desperation and into the clutches of people who dont care who gets hurt as long as they get what they want.
Casey is determined that no one else should die because of the desires of one group of criminals, and finds herself defending not only herself, but the teenagers, a few other kind locals, and perhaps even the trucking industry itself.
“Clemens is adept at creating an appealing cast of characters while keeping the plot moving at a fast clip. Casey and Death make an oddly entertaining pair, and readers will hope to see their relationship fleshed out in future titles.” –Publishers Weekly on Embrace the Grim Reaper
“The novel's conclusion…is satisfying and surprising. Subtle local color-controversy between two fissiparous Mennonite churches-is an added plus. In this second Stella Crown mystery (after 2004's Till the Cows Come Home), Clemens has a winner.” –Publishers Weekly on Three Can Keep a Secret
“An interesting premise (shades, almost, of The Fugitive) and a vulnerable but strong protagonist are the highlights here, though the character of Death adds an unexpected dimension. Clemens, author of the Stella Crown series, could have another winner.” —Booklist of Embrace the Grim Reaper
About the Author
Judy Clemens was born and raised a Mennonite, and is still involved with the church. She lives in rural Ohio, where she is pleased to see women in leadership in every aspect of the community. Dairy farming is not a part of her daily life, for which she is grateful, since it's such a difficult job. She lives in an old farmhouse with her family, and their livestock consists of four housecats.