One family's struggle with the past never laid to rest.
On Sale: March 31, 2011
Featuring: Arthur Scott; Celia Scott
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For twenty years, Celia Scott has watched her husband,
Arthur, hide from the secrets surrounding his sister Eve's
death. As a young man, Arthur fled his small Kansas
hometown, moved to Detroit, married Celia, and never looked
back. But when the 1967 riots frighten him even more than
his past, he convinces Celia to pack up their family and
return to the road he grew up on, Bent Road, and that same
small town where Eve mysteriously died.
While Arthur and their oldest daughter slip easily into
rural life, Celia and the two younger children struggle to
fit in. Daniel, the only son, is counting on Kansas to make
a man of him since Detroit damn sure didn't. Eve-ee, the
youngest and small for her age, hopes that in Kansas she
will finally grow. Celia grapples with loneliness and the
brutality of life and death on a farm.
And then a local girl disappears, catapulting the family
headlong into a dead man's curve...
On Bent Road, a battered red truck cruises ominously along
the prairie; a lonely little girl dresses in her dead aunt's
clothes; a boy hefts his father's rifle in search of a
target; a mother realizes she no longer knows how to protect
her children. It is a place where people learn: Sometimes
killing is the kindest way.
Mystery Writers of America, Best First Novel, April 2012
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