and no end in sight
The murder was shocking in its brutality: A thousand-yard high-velocity shot that left an innocent nineteen-year-old babysitter dead on a Mississippi plantation. At first, police called it a hunting accident. But the killer left a calling card--for ex-U.S. marshall Winter Massey. And when Massey investigates, he knows exactly who the shooter is. He just doesn't know why....
Once Massey dueled an elite assassin. Now, in a land of fading plantations and a booming casino industry, this sworn enemy has resurfaced to play a cat-and-mouse game of revenge. While Massey ignites a hunt for the killer, another murder is committed and violent secrets are exposed inside a powerful gambling conglomerate, in the star-crossed family of a beautiful landowner, and even within the FBI itself.... For Massey, the hunt for the sniper is personal. But the more he learns, the more he suspects that he's being blinded by a whole lot of smoke and mirrors--behind which lies the most explosive secret of all....
Winter Massey, former deputy U.S. marshal, tangles with an old enemy in Miller's (Side by Side) latest intense thriller. After the shooting of an African-American teen in Tunica County, Miss., Sheriff Brad Barnett suspects it's a hunting-related accident until he spots one of Winter's old business cards, left where the shooter set up. He locates Winter deer hunting with his family in the Mississippi Delta and secures his help. Winter asks FBI agent Alexa Keen to analyze something else left at the scene of the crime: a clove-flavored toothpick, the hallmark of ruthless assassin Paulus Styer. This time Styer, last seen in New Orleans, has some black op experts on his tail. The victim was killed at Six Oaks, a cotton plantation owned by Sheriff Barnett's old lover Leigh Gardner, and her desperate ex, Jacob, is secretly trying to sell it. Styer abducts Leigh's daughter Cynthia, who's having an affair with Jack Beals, a security officer at Roundtable Casino. Kurt Klein, Roundtable's offsite German industrialist owner, needs Six Oaks for a resort/casino complex. But at what cost? Full of breathless blood and guts action, hairpin twists and turns, Miller's cocktail of murder and dirty business is potent and compelling. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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March 23, 2008
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