From Publishers Weekly
Family secrets both past and present underpin this promising mystery debut from Hinger (Come Spring
). In compiling oral histories for a county book project, western Kansas historian Lottie Albright encounters racist attitudes in a piece by a prominent local, Zelda St. John. Yet when Fiona Hadley, Zelda's sister and mother of political hopeful Brian Hadley, demands that Zelda's contribution be suppressed, Lottie's sensibilities as a historian are offended. When Zelda and her daughter are murdered, valuable documents are stolen and anonymous letters arrive from an unbalanced individual, Lottie enlists the help of her psychologist twin sister, Josie, with whom she has an uneasy relationship. Lottie's part-time job as a sheriff's deputy, tensions within her marriage and a sensational cold case involving a dead pregnant woman cause further complications. Readers who stick with the often awkward plotting will be rewarded by a nail-biting climax, when Lottie makes a life-altering choice. (Sept.)
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"Historical research is anything but dull in Hinger's debut, which holds your attention every exciting step of the way." --Kirkus Reviews starred review
"a promising mystery debut from Hinger...a nail-biting climax, when Lottie makes a life-altering choice." --Publisher's Weekly
"With Deadly Descent, Charlotte Hinger again displays here deft and amazing talents as an accomplished novelist, this time in the mystery genre. Her characters sparkle with credibilty, and the tension in this complex, compelling, and often lyrical story is mesmerizing. Lottie Albright is a central character you will not soon forget." --Bob Cherry, author of Little Rains, one of the Denver Post's ten notable books of 2003
"Fast-paced, intelligent, and as cunningly woven as a spider's web, Deadly Descent is a mystery-lover's dream. A crackling great story!" --W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear, New York Times bestselling authors of People of Thunder