Two farm families, the Grelliers and Schapens, can trace their Kansas roots back to the 1850s, a time of violent clashes between antislavery and proslavery forces. Their shared history and family rivalry is tested with the arrival of Gina Haring, a lesbian Wiccan, who moves into a nearby farmhouse and starts practicing pagan rites.
The Grellier’s and Schapens’ have always wondered who stands better with the Lord. Then the Griellier’s suffer a family tragedy and the Schapens’ are convinced that God favors them when one of their cows gives birth to a “Perfect Red Heifer”—a sign of the second coming. Passion, prejudice, and religious fervor rise to a fever pitch and then erupt at a pagan festival in celebration of summer’s end.
V. I. Warshawski is asked to find Lamont Gadsden, a man who’s been missing for four decades. The search turns up old skeletons from the Chicago’s racially charged history, as well as haunting family secrets—her own and those of the elderly sisters who hired her.
New information emerges about V.I.’s father’s role in a politically and racially charged trial almost forty years ago. Afraid to discover that her adored father might have been a bent cop, V.I. takes the investigation all the way to its frightening end.
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About the Author
Sara Paretsky is the author of fourteen previous books, including twelve V. I. Warshawski novels. She is the winner of many awards, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers’ Association. She lives in Chicago.
Date of Birth:June 8, 1947
Place of Birth:Ames, Iowa
Education:B.A., Political Science, University of Kansas; Ph.D. and M.B.A., University of Chicago