By John Grisham

Until eventually that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had by no means saved a mystery or informed a unmarried lie. yet within the lengthy, scorching summer season of his 7th 12 months, teams of migrant employees — and very risky males — got here during the Arkansas Delta to paintings the Chandler cotton farm. And unexpectedly mysteries are flooding Luke’s world.

A brutal homicide leaves the city seething in gossip and suspicion. a gorgeous younger lady ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless child is born ... and a person has began furtively portray the naked clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down constitution in glowing white. And as younger Luke watches the realm round him, he unravels secrets and techniques that may shatter lives — and alter his kin and his city forever....

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Laura A. Somerville lived in apartment 1015. She did not have a police record or DMV record. In fact, she did not have a record of any kind. For some reason, Jessica expected Laura Somerville to be a middleaged career woman, a real estate developer, perhaps a lawyer. When the woman opened the door, Jessica was surprised to find that Laura Somerville was a rather elegant older woman, probably in her late sixties: powdered and lightly perfumed, classically attired in pleated gray cotton slacks and white blouse.

Tell me about Mr. ” Eve Galvez looked at the outfit on her bed. Collectively, the jeans, cotton blazer, T-shirt, and Nikes represented one-fifth of her wardrobe. She traveled light these days, even though she was once addicted to clothes. And shoes. Back in the day her mailbox had been thick with fashion magazines, her closet impenetrable with suits, blazers, sweaters, blouses, skirts, coats, jeans, slacks, vests, jackets, dresses. Now there was room in her closet for all of her skeletons. And they needed plenty of room.

Jessica and Byrne had dealt with Hell Rohmer on a number of cases. It was best to wait out moments like this. Eventually, he calmed down, his face cooling to a hot pink. ” Byrne finally asked. It was rhetorical, but it was the best way to go. Hell stared at the Bible, as if the suspect might jump out of the binding, like a figure in a child’s pop-up book, and he could choke him to death. It was well-known in the department that you didn’t fuck with Helmut Rohmer’s psyche. A few seconds later he snapped out of it.

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