Lying Wonders (Sheriff Milt Kovak Mystery Series)

Lying Wonders (Sheriff Milt Kovak Mystery Series)

by Susan Rogers Cooper
     
 

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Trouble in Paradise

Milt Kovak's string of bad luck with women is not something he likes to dwell upon. Especially now that the Prophesy County, Oklahoma sheriff is a happily married man and father of a toddler. But when ex-girlfriend Laura Marshall calls out of the blue to announce that her eighteen-year-old son Trent is missing and asks for help

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Trouble in Paradise

Milt Kovak's string of bad luck with women is not something he likes to dwell upon. Especially now that the Prophesy County, Oklahoma sheriff is a happily married man and father of a toddler. But when ex-girlfriend Laura Marshall calls out of the blue to announce that her eighteen-year-old son Trent is missing and asks for help finding him, Milt realizes it can't be a good thing. The boy and his girlfriend, Amanda, had recently joined a religious retreat called the Holy Temple of the Seven Trumpets.

A ride out to the place—a million-dollar piece of land sold to the cult's leader, Brother Grigsby, for a dollar—leads to the discovery of Amanda's naked and very dead body in a remote area of the compound. While suspicion falls on Trent, Milt suspects the boy is hiding. . .or worse, dead. Stranger still, most of the syrupy and evasive reverend's flock are young, pregnant women. Milt puts to work his tried-and-true tactic of police detection: beating the bushes till something flies out—like a killer.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Susan Rogers Cooper's (Home Again, Home Again) winning Lying Wonders: A Sheriff Milt Kovak Mystery, the Prophesy County, Okla., sheriff, last seen in Doctors and Lawyers and Such (1995), is pushing 60 and the father of a two-year-old boy. When the body of a teenage girl turns up on the property of a local religious sect, the Seven Trumpets, Milt has to track down the dead girl's missing boyfriend before his niece becomes the next victim. Agent, Vicky Bijur.
Kirkus Reviews
It's never easy hearing from an old girlfriend, but Sheriff Milt Kovak, of Oklahoma's Prophesy County (Doctors and Lawyers and Such, 1995, etc.), is especially unhappy about Laura Marshall's call. She's convinced that her son Trent, 18, who hasn't come home from a retreat at the Holy Temple of Seven Trumpets, has been kidnapped, maybe by his hosts. A trip to the retreat site, a million-dollar parcel of land Seven Trumpets follower Barry Leventhwart sold spiritual leader Brother Grigsby for a dollar, is even less reassuring: Milt finds the naked corpse of Amanda Nederwald, Trent's girlfriend. Brother Grigsby, who turns out to have an interesting history with the justice system, naturally stonewalls-what else do cult leaders do?-and Brother Barry and the rest of Grigsby's followers circle the wagons, but not before Milt and his deputies notice that a lot of the acolytes are female, and a lot of the females are pregnant. Is Grigsby plotting to renew the fallen world literally? And what's become of Trent Marshall, whom Amanda's family is convinced murdered her and fled? Trust down-home Milt to work it all out-as soon as he's taken care of another troubled teen who runs off with her boyfriend, the rape complainant who switches to crying drugs when the sheriff doubts her original charges, and the deputy whose undercover prostitution sting nabs an uppity councilwoman's daughter. So many cases are bound to leave a few loose or ragged ends, but veteran Cooper's unobtrusive mastery of her little patch of Oklahoma makes other, longer whodunits look bloated.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780373265060
Publisher:
Worldwide Mystery
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Series:
WWL Mystery
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
4.16(w) x 6.64(h) x 0.69(d)

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