This is number five in the Chloe Newcombe series. Chloe finds herself a suspect in the murder of Terry Barnett, a gifted carpenter, shot to death in his workshop in Prophecy, Arizona, a former religous community. In a conversation with Chloe before his death, Terry had talked about a mysterious woman, April, and Chloe is convinced that April is somehow connected to his murder. But who is April? The more Chloe investigates--meeting with Heather, Terry's artist wife and Fred, his estranged brother; travelling to Ohio to check into Terry's past-- April becomes more and more an illusion, a dream figure out of the past who may herself have been murdered. A trivia note: Thornton has included the title of every song in the Radiohead album the Bends, somewhere in the book.
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While on leave due to a case that left people dead, Cochise County, Arizona Victim Advocate Chloe Newcombe hires carpenter Terry Barnett to build a bookcase for her. However, with her former lover somewhere south of the equator, Chloe finds the charming Terry quite attractive and ponders a fling with him. Several observers watch her flirt outrageously with Terry, but the affair ends before it starts when he calmly mentions his artist spouse Heather; Chloe rejects the idea as not worth the complication............................. Chloe must have had a prophecy because not long afterward, someone murders Terry. Besides Heather as a suspect, Chloe is also considered a strong person of interest by Detective Flynn. Unable to sit idly by as a prime candidate and especially when Terry¿s estranged brother Fred arrives from Ohio planning to prove his sister-in-law, whom he never met, killed his sibling, Chloe begins investigating. She quickly learns how the brothers had a falling out over April Matasky twenty years ago and follows up by digging deeper into the suddenly caring Fred.................... The who-done-it is a well written combination amateur sleuth (in some ways competing sleuths between Fred and Chloe) and police procedural. The mystery resolution seems stretched, but readers will not care because what truly makes the tale and the series so powerful is Chloe. She is the poster worker of ¿to err is human¿ and though an excellent victim advocate makes misjudgment calls that prove costly to her clients. In other words, she is not perfect on the job or for that matter in her romances. Fans will appreciate this solid tale because of the fabulous lead female...................... Harriet Klausner