Texas-based crime reporter Molly Cates has just published her first book, describing the blood-curdling exploits of serial killer Louie Bronk. Now on death row, Louie's sentence is about to be carried out. Molly will be there as a witness, and she wants to write about it - the final coda to Louie's story.But suddenly, she's being strongly discouraged by her boss at the Lone Star Monthly and by Charlie McFarland, the millionaire real-estate developer whose first wife, Tiny, was Bronk's most famous victim - and the only one whose murder is a capital offense.Then Molly starts to receive dark hints that Louie may not have killed Tiny after all. There is another murder following Louis's M.O., one he could not have committed. The veracity of Molly's book is threatened - and then her very life. Caught between a rock and a hard place, Molly realizes that by attempting to save Louis she is putting her own life on the line, and discrediting her own work. Mary Willis Walker brings a lusty new voice to the mystery scene. Already recognized for her first novel, she has now created a character just cheeky and gusty enough to take her place among the top ranks of female protagonists such as Kinsey Millhone and Kay Scarpetta.More
Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel, 1995
"Molly Cates is full of vinegar, a wonderfully appealing heroine with a lot of guts, a fine sense of humor, a more than passing acquaintance with life's ironies, and enough of her own dark secrets to make her both vulnerable and humane. Two thumbs up--way up!--for this outstanding book." (Booklist)
"One of the creepiest killers since Hannibal Lecter meets a plot and heroine worthy of Patricia Cornwell. Welcome to the big time, Mary Willis Walker." (Kirkus Reviews)
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