Everyone bears secrets. Some of them become the lies we live. Others become the lies that kill. Wil Hardesty knows about secrets and how they build, one on another, until the truth is buried. Faced with the ever-widening estrangement from his wife, Hardesty answers a young woman's cry for help. The FBI and police are satisfied that her father, '60s activist Max Pfeiffer, killed himself; Holly, steeped in the traditions of Max's radical friends, is certain the government killed him — and that Hardesty's initial discoveries make him part of the problem, not the solution.
Then a fiery attack brings them together in a desperate run for their lives. The chase takes them not only from Tahoe to Berkeley to Southern California but from today into a dimly remembered — or barely suppressed — yesterday: days of violence and manipulation, kidnapping and bank robbery, tear gas and terror, of bloodshed in Southeast Asia and the streets of America.
Praise for BEARING SECRETS …
"Good narrative, inventive plot, striking characters, and psychological depth make this a keeper. Recommended." — Library Journal
In his second time out (after The Innocents), "off and on" PI Wil Hardesty takes on a case with a legacy of "sins... that cast shadows across generations." Rooted in the turbulent, anti-war movement of the 1960s, this complex drama has a cast that includes terrorist groups, corrupt attorney Lincoln Stillman and Stillman's lethally beautiful wife, Monika. Hardesty is also struggling to keep his marriage together after his young son's death and his wife's recent miscarriage. The discovery of a plane that crashed in a California lake in 1974, and its $2-million cargo, precipitates former anti-war activist Max Pfeiffer's suicide. He leaves behind his daughter, Holly, and, with her, his conviction that the FBI murdered her mother. Holly is equally convinced that the FBI is responsible for her father's death. Holly hires Hardesty. He turns up solid evidence linking Max to kidnapping, bank robbery and murder 20 years before, which provides a world-shattering epiphany for Holly. After she is kidnapped, Hardesty must find her before she is transformed into the "perfect terrorist" to serve Monika's cause. Although sometimes tenuous, the links between Max, Holly, Stillman and Monika are intriguing enough to keep the reader enthralled as they unfold.