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Bestselling sensation Lisa Turner conjures a riveting Southern gothic mystery set in Memphis, with echoes of Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil and Lisa Gardener, in which detective Billy Able is thrown into a vortex of bizarre murders, Santeria voodoo, flawed heroes, a damning photograph, and a stunning betrayal by a civil rights icon.
After time away to recover from the aftermath of a horrible case that left his partner dead, Billy's back in Memphis, drawn into an ever-widening murder mystery that focuses on flawed heroes: a disgraced major league baseball player, two legendary blues musicians on the lam, a straight-arrow lady cop tortured by a guilty conscience, and two iconic civil rights warriors with secrets so dark they'll shock the nation.
Detective Billy Able is at a crossroads. His previous case left him questioning everything he believed about his abilities as a cop and as a friend. Even though he's considering leaving police work behind, he's unable to turn off the instincts he's honed after a decade on the force.
But when he stops a crime from being committed, he finds himself embroiled in a much bigger scandal. A murder that has just taken place has connections to a series of much older crimes dating back to the civil rights movement. As he investigates, Billy uncovers so many layers of secrets he can barely keep the truth from the lies. And he knows the straight-laced cop assigned to the case is hiding something big. But is it connected to the case? This time he's determined to make sure he finds out the truth before anything else can happen. But as the search for truth with the help of a Santeria Priest leads him deeper into the underbelly of Memphis, will Billy make it out alive?
Death comes in threes for Sgt. Det. Billy Able on his return to the Memphis PD from leave in Atlanta, in Turner's soulful sequel to 2010's A Little Death in Dixie. First, sax man Little Man Lacy expires while fleeing toward the Mississippi River from a menace he calls "the Evils." Second, guitarist/songwriter Red Davis is found dead on a bench outside the Memphis train station. Later, a legendary baseball player whom Able admires perishes under suspicious circumstances. Rookie patrol officer Frankie Malone, who suspects Santeria at play in Davis's death, asks Able to investigate, because inept detective Don "Dud" Dunsford, who's about to retire, is in charge of the case. Able's leave status and Dunsford's eagerness to make him a suspect in one of the deaths hamper his efforts. Turner effectively mines the blues, civil rights struggles, and Santeria rites as Able and Malone form a budding partnership.