Blood runs cold--especially in this family.
Thanks to a newfound connection with his natural father, librarian Jordan Poteet is suddenly a member of a rich Texas dynasty. But a series of poison-pen letters warns him to stay away from the Goertz family reunion on a Gulf Coast island.
He soon wishes he had, because his new kinfolk--four generations of them--are hiding secrets deep and dark enough to taint an entire bloodline. And an unexpected death makes it chillingly clear that the anonymous hate mail directed at Jordan isn't a joke. Ghosts of the violent past are walking. A murderer is on the move. And a terrible unfolding of tragedy has begun that will spare no one--not even Jordan himself. . . .
Imagine Jordan Poteet's surprise when Bob Don Goertz?not the man he called "Daddy" for 30 years?turns out to be his father. In this fourth in the series that began with Do Unto Others, Jordy finds a passel of supremely dysfunctional new relatives disinclined to welcome their long-lost progeny. At the initial family dinner on aptly named Sangre Island off the Texas coast the patriarch's announcement that he is dying of brain cancer is followed by murders attempted and realized. After a strong start the story bogs down with Jordy's incessant soliloquies. Occasional zingers, a fine understanding of how relationships can suddenly change from godawful to wonderful, two exciting fights and some evocative descriptions barely hold their own against the heavy melodrama.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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September 29, 1996
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