When a beloved state senator plunges to his death at Alexa Williams’ feet in the Capitol Rotunda, the authorities suspect suicide. Although the powerful chair of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee was at the center of a controversial new bill to expand hydraulic fracturing, he was also rumored to be ill. Shaken, Alexa tries to move past the disturbing incident by concentrating on work. She’s leading a senate commission on sex trafficking. Plus, she’s helping an old college roommate sue a natural gas company for their role in causing her daughter’s rare cancer.
In researching the lawsuit, Alexa becomes embroiled in the high-stakes politics of fracking. As the relationship with her state trooper boyfriend drifts onto the rocks, Alexa is drawn to a charismatic state legislator who’s leading an anti-fracking crusade. Then, the police shock Alexa with the news that she could be in danger; she’s a witness to the senator’s murder, not his suicide.
When Alexa narrowly escapes a sniper’s bullet, she must discover why she’s a target―and who she can trust—before the next shot hits its mark.
With Sherry Knowlton’s trademark mix of feminism, history, romance, and fast-paced thrills, Dead of Spring skyrockets from the fracking fields of the Marcellus Shale to the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster of 1979 to the rolling hills of Tuscany to the halls of Pennsylvania state government. In this suspenseful tale of corruption and runaway greed, Alexa Williams proves, once again, that she’s a formidable heroine. The twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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After reading this book, all I can think is wow! This was my first book by Sherry Knowlton and she did not disappoint. A story that sped by. One that you do not want to start close to bedtime. In the end, there was so much going on that I couldn't read the words fast enough to keep up the pace with what was going on. Chasing and being chased all around that capitol building, I was worn out for the characters. The Three Mile Island thing was strange for me until the author opened the door and showed me where she was leading her readers. That was like, another wow! If your looking for a book with a lot of action, this one hits the mark. Thanks to Sunbury Press for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Sherry Knowlton, and Sunbury Press, Inc. in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all, for sharing your hard work with me. Two stories, intertwined - this is a good novel, a fast read, and a tautly told tale. Sherry Knowlton knits together a small family struggling through the nuclear leak at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island in March and April, 1979, and a current energy related problem, same area, with lawyer Alexa and her dog Scout struggling against fracking in principle and fact. Ms. Knowlton shares with us a lot of information both for and against hydraulic fracking in plain language easily understood. I found this novel to be more than simple entertainment.