Secrets from the past collide with the present in the continuing saga of journalist Henry Parker when a seemingly indigent and strung-out addict approaches him outside his office building desperate to speak to him. The man is later found murdered and police discover that he is Parker's half-brother, Stephen Gaines.
Haunted by painful memories of his estranged, abusive father and cowered mother, he nevertheless decides to journey from New York to his childhood home in Bend, Oregon seeking answers concerning this previously unknown brother.
Parker's father James is a real piece of work and their meeting can only be described as confrontational and antagonistic. When dear old dad is subsequently arrested for Stephens murder, most reader's will be hard pressed to feel anything but "What goes around comes around" and it is hard to understand why Parker would waste time trying to clear his father of the charges. Possibly it is more in keeping with Parkers "investigative reporter" instincts that he pursues the matter of discovering who killed Stephen and why.
As he follows various leads, he discovers more murders with the same M.O. as his brothers', a drug ring employing gangland style enforcers and a godfather type who may or may not exist. (Think Keyser Soze in the movie "THE USUAL SUSPECTS).
Jason Pinter has created a strong, compelling story with mystery that continues through the end of the book......and beyond. (A perfect set up for the next chapter in the life and times of Henry Parker, a rising star in a dying profession).