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Fourteen-year-old Top Parker, who lives with his grandparents, Constable Ned Parker and Miss Becky, in a little farmhouse near the Red River, is caught up in another adult situation sparked by a mysterious fatal car accident involving the white mayor of Chisum and his black female assistant. Questions and accusations arise about their relationship as the families wreak vengeance on each other.
But what is the significance of a man calling himself the Wraith, who moves through the region at will, invading homes and watching the Parkers? What is Maggie Clay's secret - that she is half white and married to a black man with a criminal past? And was Mayor Frank Clay, the supposed only bright spot in a dark and cruel family, really what everyone thought he was?
It's a busy time for Sheriff Cody Parker, who finds himself a possible suspect in the murder of several residents. He takes the advice from his deputy, John Washington, and removes himself from the investigation, giving free reign to both John and Deputy Anna Sloan as they try to unravel the answers by following different paths.
The ending will leave you staggered, as the families clash on a small battlefield and the killer is finally revealed in a most unexpected way.
These aren't the 1960s that most Baby Boomers remember.
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By lisa on 06-19-18
Best story in the series so far.
I skipped Dark Places in the series and went on to Unraveled. Mark is back and the Parker clan couldn't be happier until a car goes off the side of the road killing its occupants, a Clay and a Mayfield. That fast, an old feud is back on. In the week that follows, the little town of Center Springs has more fights and bodies than it can keep up with. Cody, now the sheriff, is directing things from the sidelines. His pen was found by the first body. Someone wants him blamed.
We get to see more of Norma Faye in this story, which I'm glad for. They've done a lot of talking about her but not much showing. Mark Lightfoot is back, another character I'm happy to see. This story deals with unfinished business, in the form of a feud and in Cody and Norma Faye's personal life. Those kinds of things always seems to come back around until they're dealt with.
As always, I love this narrator. Perfect choice for the story.