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A D.C. fixer heads to Wyoming on a personal mission in the new novel from the Edgar Award–finalist and “reliably excellent writer” (Seattle Times).
When someone close to him is shot dead in a roadside motel in a small Wyoming town, Joe DeMarco shirks his responsibilities as the Speaker of the House’s fixer to make sure the authorities are doing everything they can to catch the killer. He soon realizes that the rural area is dominated by Hiram Bunt, a wealthy rancher with an obstructionist streak who’s willing to take on the federal government at gunpoint and seems to have a number of politicians under his thumb.
But Bunt isn’t the only one in the way. DeMarco also learns that his friend―a woman he was once in love with―had unearthed explosive secrets during her time in the backwoods, and that the deputy in charge of the investigation may be ignoring leads to preserve a secret of his own. Surrounded by people willing to kill to maintain the status quo, DeMarco launches his own investigation into a growing list of intertwining suspects. And being DeMarco, he concludes that breaking the law to uncover the truth is the best way to ensure that justice is done . . .
“[A] consistently entertaining, well-crafted series.” —Booklist
“A charmingly likable character.” —Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles novels
“A writer who gets everything right.” —The Plain Dealer
Edgar finalist Lawson's tepid 15th Joe DeMarco thriller (after 2020's House Privilege) finds Joe sitting at home in Washington, D.C., where he reads a newspaper article recounting the shooting death of former love interest Shannon Doyle in a motel in Waverly, Wyo. The police theory that she was killed by a trucker who robbed her strikes Joe as weak. Abandoning his regular job as a fixer for Speaker of the House John Fitzpatrick Mahoney, Joe flies to Wyoming to track down Shannon's killer. Waverly is a typical small western community, where the citizens immediately distrust anyone from out of town, particularly if the out-of-towner is from Washington. The many suspects include an anti-government rancher, the deputy sheriff investigating the murder, and a motel maid. This makes for a lot of investigating by DeMarco, who questions various locals who point him in the right and sometimes wrong directions. The baggy structure has lots of annoying point-of-view shifts, Speaker Mahoney and DeMarco's usual D.C. friends play only minor roles, and the whodunit reveal fizzles. Lawson's many fans will hope for a return to form next time.