“Cements Ure’s position alongside such psychological-thriller masters as Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters.” —Booklist
Shamus Award-winning author of The Fault Tree.
Just because you’re not guilty doesn’t mean you’re innocent.
Jessie Dancing got away, but she can’t escape her past. She works at a call center, for roadside emergency assistance. One night, she gets a call from Darren Markson, who sounds like he is being murdered. After telling the local police, Jessie starts her own investigation into the possible crime, finding Markson’s family, discovering that Markson is still alive. Answering one question for Jessie only raises three more, and the answers are growing more personal…
The lines between guilt and innocence blur as Jessie’s past, the crimes she may have committed, the murder she may have gotten away with, come back to haunt her. This taut, psychological thriller shows an award-winning author at peak talent, painting a disturbing portrait of a heroine with her own moral compass—and a history she cannot escape.
At the start of this taut crime novel from Shamus Award winner Ure (The Fault Tree), Jessie Dancing, an operator for a roadside emergency service in Phoenix, Ariz., receives a call from a driver in Tucson, Darren Markson, who sounds as if he's being murdered. Not content to merely contact the local police, Jessie tracks down Markson's family and is surprised when his wife tells her he's still alive. Back in her hometown of Tucson, Jessie's past returns to haunt her, including her acquittal three years earlier for a cold-blooded murder she may or may not have committed. When a young woman she meets near the site of Markson's phone call gets blown up in her car, Jessie is once again thrown into a world where the lines between guilty and not guilty blur. As Ure slowly peels back the layers of scar tissue to reveal Jessie's past crimes, the investigation of the woman's murder takes on even more depth as readers come to realize just how damaged the feisty heroine truly is.