Saturday, May 15, 2010
"When the undertow grasps us we will realize that we are ...being carried forward...helped as we cry for help." Neal A. Maxwell
In April 1988, a young man, Michael Sutton, tells Kinsey Millhone that over twenty years ago, he remembers, when he was six, seeing two men in the woods burying something. This happened just after a four-year-old girl was kidnapped and never returned.
Sutton hires Kinsey to help find the location in the woods and then, possibly find the killer. When Kinsey notifies the police, they don't find what they were looking for, but the publicity sets off other actions.
The story moves between events of 1988 and twenty years prior. The reader is given a number of sub plots and different view points as we view facts surrounding the abduction of the little girl. We also meet a number of interesting characters as the story unfolds.
Kinsey is still a fresh character after being introduced over twenty novels earlier. She's a saucy investigator who has the intuitive sense to research how the young boy may have seen something when it was something else. We also learn that Michael Sutton has trouble with the truth and may have told too many made up stories to be believed now.
The reader always feels a part of Kinsey's clan as she tells us of her mixed up family and group of septuagenarian friends.