Minneapolis restaurateur and amateur sleuth Jane Lawless is in the middle of ringing in the New Year the best way she knows how - with her family, friends, and some excellent champagne - when the biggest financial backers in Minnesota politics break up the party with a little backroom proposition for her father: How'd he like to be the state's next governor? Flattered, Ray Lawless, a retired defense attorney, agrees to run, and the latecomer's sprint to the state capital is going great until reporters and opponents start digging up the kind of dirt that is more valuable than gold out on the campaign trail. He and his family are fair game, but worse than that, so are the men running his campaign. Their secrets, involving the mysterious death of a young woman, have been buried since the summer they all came home from Vietnam. Unfortunately for Jane and her father, those secrets won't stay that way for long. The Mortal Groove, the newest addition to Lambda and Minnesota Book Award - winning author Ellen Hart's multilayered Jane Lawless series, is a haunting tale of dark secrets that is sure to satisfy.
It seems the perfect start to the new year when political power brokers solicit her father to run for governor of Minnesota. Instead, Jane Lawless quickly finds herself enmeshed in a gripping, dark exploration of family secrets, as well as the lingering connection in American culture between its Vietnam War experience and contemporary acts of violence. Aimee Jolson once more brings an intelligence, curiosity and range of emotions in reprising her role, performing another of award-winning crime writer Ellen Hart’s series featuring the Minneapolis restaurateur and amateur sleuth,
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