Thursday, October 2, 2014

Silence the Dead by Jack Fredrickson

It's worth your life to know the dark secrets in this town and speak about them...

Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 1st of 2015, so watch for it then.  (I'm reviewing it now because Severn House archived it.)

There's a new Mayor in town and he makes a habit of hanging out at a certain restaurant for a few hours each week to meet constituents.  That's how he hears about potholes, animal problems, stop signs down and the like.  What he doesn't expect is for someone to ask him to look into a cold case:  A seventeen year old who was shot to death over 30 years ago.  This case isn't cold; it's frozen!

The first thing Mac finds is that the waitress that asked him to look into the case has disappeared.  She hasn't even gone back to her apartment to get her clothes or goods.  As he dips into the case, he finds holes everywhere.  There are papers missing, a lot of the investigation was a farce, the police chief killed himself, and a lot of the evidence was destroyed or altered.  Her sister won't speak to him.  Neither will the men involved in the case.  All he has is a female reporter who also lost her sister in the same time period and would like that case resolved.  Through her, he finds a reporter who disappeared shortly after the girls' deaths.  He gets a list of suspects from him and hears of all the conflicting evidence that disappeared.  The icing on the cake is when the baby brother comes to him and asks him to help him.  They exhume the body and the head doesn't match the rest of the body...

The dirt in this town is deep.  Those who talk to Mac disappear or die.  His restaurant and home is burned a bit as a threat.  People stop coming to his business and don't talk to him anymore.  He gets a lawsuit thrown at him.  If he keeps going, he could be dead, too.  But he doesn't give up...

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