By Steven Womack
Along with his money circulate right down to a gradual drip, occasions are tight for Nashville gumshoe Harry James Denton. issues are tricky all over the place song urban, U.S.A. And in a few situations, they are homicide, as Harry unearths out the demanding manner while he lands a case he'd relatively no longer touch.When emerging state singer Rebecca Gibson is located viciously crushed to dying in her domestic, a heap of damning proof issues directly to her ex-husband, narrow Gibson -- half the suffering songwriting staff with whom Harry stocks place of work area and an occasional beer. narrow and Rebecca have been final visible making attractive track at a neighborhood membership simply hours earlier than the killing. but whereas probing underneath the candy concord, Harry discovers the darkish historical past of a wedding made someplace south of heaven -- and delves into the cutthroat international of the C&W song enterprise, the place deceit, betrayal, ardour, and vengeance are sung approximately . . . and ruthlessly performed."A emerging famous person one of the present crop of yank novelists." -- Nashville BannerFrom the Paperback version.
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Now we were just another Waco, Guyana, or Beirut: a place with innocent people held hostage by other people who were convinced they had a direct line to God. By that evening, after spending the rest of the afternoon in my office, I was too tired to do much of anything. Unable to resist temptation, I tried calling Marsha one more time. ” Click. Dial tone. I made my umpteenth pass by the still-silent barricades, then crossed the river back into East Nashville and headed for the supermarket. I thought briefly of just grabbing a quick dinner at Mrs.
Held captive. I read the words over and over. I’d never known anyone who was held captive, at least not outside the normal channels of incarceration. Held captive. I rubbed my forehead and poured another cup of coffee, trying without much luck to shake off the cobwebs. I lay back down, somehow managed to drift off again, then woke up an hour later. I called Marsha on the cellular phone, but got busy signals for nearly a half hour. It occurred to me that with the regular telephone lines cut, the cellular would be her only connection to the police outside.
Of course it’s lunacy. …” His voice trailed off. I stood up, suddenly very tired of Lonnie. I didn’t know whether it was his preaching, or the message he was delivering. Either way, I needed some air. “It’s late. ” “Yeah,” he said, staring ahead at the television. ” I stood there a second, then stepped over and opened the door. ” “I know you are, man. Just hang in there. She’ll be okay. ” “Thanks, buddy. Get some sleep. ” “Yeah, you, too,” Lonnie said without getting up. ” As I stepped out into the darkness Lonnie turned the sound up on the television.
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