From Publishers Weekly
Former Atlanta prosecutor Mary Crow returns home to Pisgah County, N.C., to reunite with her on-again, off-again lover, Jonathan Walkingstick, in her fourth adventure (after Call the Devil by His Oldest Name
). Luckily for her, Jonathan still carries a torch ("He wanted to touch her, wanted to kiss her, wanted to take her in his arms and never let her go"). After she's unable to land a job in any local legal outfit, Mary turns free agent, with her first client being the prince of Pisgah County, Deke Keener. Church deacon, girl's softball team coach and president of Keener Construction, Deke's also a longtime child abuser and cold-blooded killer. When high schooler Bethany Daws has her head smashed in with an Indian hatchet, everyone assumes her Cherokee boyfriend, Ridge Standingdeer, did it. Mary, who doesn't buy it, helps Ridge out. Meanwhile, Deke is planning his next molestation and trying to locate some incriminating tapes that Bethany had been threatening to use against him. It seems that Ridge is doomed until a mysterious spiritual savior arrives. Mary has all the right stuff for a gutsy heroine, and Deke is one of the foulest sexual predators in recent memory, but strong romance elements intrude on the action and threaten to overshadow the mystery. Those who prefer their genres served on separate platters should look elsewhere.
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When lawyer Mary Crow returns to her hometown in Pisgah County, North Carolina, it feels right to be back in Cherokee country. After a stint as a hotshot prosecutor in Atlanta and a failed romance, she returns home, hoping to land a job in the DA's office; but she quickly learns that no one wants to hire a Cherokee--especially not a Cherokee who, in an infamous incident from her past, killed the corrupt yet beloved former county sheriff. So she hangs out her own shingle and begins to investigate the murder of teenager Bethany Daws--found with a Cherokee tomahawk in her head. Suspicion immediately falls on the victim's boyfriend, Ridge Standingdeer, giving Mary another look at the ugly face of bigotry. Meanwhile, the affable girls' softball coach plots to get his hands (literally) on an 11-year-old player. A grim but well-written adventure that skillfully interweaves Cherokee lore and human nature at its best and worst. Jenny McLarinCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved