On the family’s Brazos River Ranch in Texas, Avery Elliott helps run her grandfather’s commercial construction business. Raised by Senator Elliott, Avery has never doubted her grandfather is the man of integrity and faith she’s always believed him to be . . . until the day she finds him standing with a gun over the body of a dead man. To make matters worse, Avery’s just discovered a billing discrepancy for materials supposedly purchased for construction of the Lago de Cobre Dam.
Desperate for answers, Avery contacts FBI Special Agent Marc Wilkins for help. As Marc works to identify the dead man Avery saw, threats toward Avery create a fresh sense of urgency to pinpoint why someone wants to silence her. With a hurricane approaching the Texas coast and the structural integrity of the Lago de Cobre Dam called into question, time is running out to get to the bottom of a sinister plot that could be endangering the lives of not only Avery and her loved ones but the entire community.
The exciting latest from Mills (Trace of Doubt) pairs an FBI agent with the granddaughter of a former Texas state senator to get to the bottom of a murder. After Avery Elliott hears a gunshot, she races across her family's ranch and spies her grandfather, Sen. Quinn Elliott, standing over a corpse while holding a gun. Having learned her faith from her grandfather, Avery reels as she reconsiders her relationship with God. When Avery tries to get answers from Quinn, he demurs and counsels her to confide in FBI Special Agent Marc Wilkins, who has been dealing with the recent death of his father. Marc's mother believes that his father was murdered, though Marc remains skeptical until he discovers connections between his father and Quinn. As Marc and Avery team up to investigate the deaths, they survive an attempt on their lives and follow clues that point to questionable practices on a dam construction project that could endanger thousands of nearby residents. The confident plotting keeps the mysteries coming, and red herrings will have readers guessing the culprit through to the satisfying conclusion. Fans of Colleen Coble and Susan Sleeman will savor this thrilling standalone. Agent: Janet K. Grant, Books & Such Literary.