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From Jane Roberts Wood comes a quietly riveting novel revealing the banal faces of evil in a small East Texas town. In 1946 a young couple is brutally murdered in Cold Springs. And now thirty-four years later the rumor is that Jackson Morris who had been the only person of interest in the murders has come home. Or has he? When the four women of the Tuesday bridge club hear this rumor their responses range from a reckless excitement to a shaky uneasiness. Theres Isabel compelling and passionate who foolishly and inexplicably longs to see Jackson her first love again while the seemingly innocent Mary Martha prays that the sheriff will put Jacksons head in a noose. Although the eternally optimistic Sarah looks to the law to determine Jacksons fate the fourth woman an Irish immigrant and a misfit in Cold Springs is guided by the spirit world including a cat in deciding his guilt or innocence. When a second murder occurs after Jacksons return Cold Springs reacts with fear and paranoia while the women struggle to protect their friends reputation and desperately try to find a murderer.
- University of North Texas Press, October 2010
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