Wealthy architect Reece Daughtry spent 15 years in a Massachusetts prison for a murder he didn't commit. Released on a technicality, he now makes his home in the mountains of North Carolina, building rock fireplaces for a waiting list of clients. His self-imposed solitude is shattered when author Dana Minette asks him to build a fireplace in her new house. Dana becomes more than a client, and for the first time in 20 years, Reece longs to be with someone other than himself.
Then a local woman is murdered in the same savage manner as the murder that sent Reece to prison. More than one person wants him to take the fall, including Dana's ex-husband, the local prosecutor, who's determined to convict Reece in the high-profile case. But Reece won't be railroaded again. Four men were with him the night of the first murder. One of them is the killer. Reece goes underground to discover who's setting him up and why. Dana insists on going along, and against his better judgment, he relents. With both the police and FBI on their trail, it's a race against time and a crafty murderer who will kill again.
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Pretty good murder mystery/who done it...
This is such a good edge of your seat wrong guy got convicted/who done it suspense mystery. The protagonist, Reece Daughtry is convicted of the murder of his girlfriend. After serving his time he moves to North Carolina and becomes fairly wealthy building custom fireplaces.
It gets real hairy when he is framed for a duplicate murder and he decides that the only way to prove that he is innocent is to solve the first one from 15 years earlier.
I did not anticipate who had actually committed the first crime but not only does Daughtry have to solve the murder but he then needs to prove who perpetrated it since this person in not planning to come forward and confess. What actually happens when confronted is kind of predictable but doesn't help, instead it makes it look like Reese might again pay for crimes he didn't commit.
There two subplots dealing with his lover (Dana) are quite interesting since she is the ex-wife of the district attorney who is trying to lock him up. He (the DA) was an abusive husband who did not want a divorce.
I've enjoyed Polly Iyer's other books and would like to see more from this author.
The narrator, Fred Kennedy did a great job. I liked his voice and found him easy to listen to.
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A story you won't forget
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