A Fine Line

A Fine Line

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by Kathy Herman
     
 

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Baxter residents fear upheaval when a regional tire plant announces it's coming to Baxter. Rumor says mayor Charlie Kirby's signature on the deal was influenced by an affair with the tire company's corporate attorney - who dies suddenly after the agreement is finalized. Charlie, a pillar of the community and a father of seven, faces the court of public opinion and the

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Baxter residents fear upheaval when a regional tire plant announces it's coming to Baxter. Rumor says mayor Charlie Kirby's signature on the deal was influenced by an affair with the tire company's corporate attorney - who dies suddenly after the agreement is finalized. Charlie, a pillar of the community and a father of seven, faces the court of public opinion and the biggest moral dilemma of his life. Meanwhile, newspaper editor Ellen Jones goes looking for a feature story, collides with the brick wall of the late attorney's past - and is stalked by someone pursuing the same track!


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Library Journal
The fifth and final entry in Herman's"Baxter" series (after High Stakes) centers on the violent death of Sheila Paxton, a corporate attorney who convinced Charlie Kirby, mayor of Baxter, to allow the Thompson Tire Corporation to move there despite many citizens' objections. Suspicions arise when a classmate of Charlie's 12-year-old son claims to have seen Charlie kissing Sheila. When Charlie's wife, Marlene, finds out, she shuts down emotionally and tells him that their marriage is finished. As the gossip escalates, newspaper editor Ellen Jones investigates and finds, amid more damning evidence against Charlie, the truth behind Sheila's murder. At the same time, Ellen's own marriage is tested when her husband asks her to leave Baxter for good. Herman's latest is a reasonably good thriller if a bit farfetched. Purchase where the series is popular. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307564221
Publisher:
The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/04/2009
Series:
Baxter Series
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
482,985
File size:
3 MB

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A Fine Line 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Baxter's city council voted to let Thompson Tire Corporation build a plant in town. Most of the residents were glad about it. Some were not. ........................ Sheila Paxton was the company's lawyer. Sheila made a move on Charlie Kirby, Baxter's mayor, even though she knew he was happily married and had seven kids. Charlie seriously considered it, was very tempted, and refused the offer. When Sheila suddenly died, dark rumors spread of an affair between Charlie and Sheila. Charlie's marriage became threatened and the small town was heavy with gossip. ......................... Worse, Sheila was part of the Witness Protection Program. A killer from her past was interested in finding her parents. Since Sheila (a.k.a. Mary Angelina Risotto) died in Baxter, that was where he went. The lives of Charlie and Ellen Jones, the editor of the town's paper, were about to become nightmares! ............................. ***** This is the last book in the Baxter series. I did not read the first four, but it does not matter. The story was able to stand alone. I was never confused or felt that I was missing anything. I love books of a series that manage to please no matter in what order they are read. .......................... The story is filled with the warmth of a small town where everyone knows each other. That could be a good thing! However, the author shows that there are times that it could be a problem as well. There is a lot of suspense with all the mob, FBI, and local police involvement. The story also focuses on family matters, as well as, their faith in God. A wonderful story that will keep you hooked! Recommended! *****
harstan More than 1 year ago
The city council led by mayor Charlie Kirby voted to allow the Thompson Tire Company to relocate to Barter, which means more jobs for the resident. Not everyone is in favor of the plant being built. Some residents fear that the new business will destroy the ambiance of the town and in turn the downtown shops. Charlie¿s most vocal enemy Avery Stedman starts a rumor that the reason the mayor pushed for the plant to be built was because he was having an affair with Thompson Tires attorney Sheila Paxton.

The rumor threatens to destroy the Kirby marriage. When Sheila is shot, her picture is plastered in newspapers across the country and comes to the attention of a Mafia hit man, searching for her father for eighteen years. He is a deadly sociopath who kills with no remorse and threatens to harm the town¿s newspaper editor if she doesn¿t locate Sheila¿s father who is in the witness protection program. It will take a miracle to save the Kirby¿s marriage and keep the editor safe after a trap to catch killer fails.

This is the last book in the Baxter series and it is a powerful story filled with characters readers have come to love and cherish. Two of the main characters of this series are traveling to a new town and will be starring in The Seaport series so the audience won¿t lose touch with Guy and Ellen. A FINE LINE shows how gossip can hurt people and push people to the breaking point. Kathy Baxter is a master at writing suspense within the parameters of a small town drama.

Harriet Klausner