Conway Sax, the no-nonsense auto mechanic with a knack for solving difficult problems, is back. And for once, he thinks normalcy is within reach. He’s opening a new garage, and he’s finally moved in with longtime girlfriend Charlene.
Then along comes Savannah Kane: smart, smoky, and a pusher of men’s buttons. Seven years ago, Conway helped her disappear—but not before they had a sizzling, knock-down-drag-out affair. Now she’s back with a shocking revelation: she’s the mother of a six-year-old boy. Savvy claims her son’s father is home security billionaire Bert Saginaw, but Conway (not to mention Charlene), knows she’s back for more than just a family reunion. Saginaw wants to be Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. Savvy wants to get paid. Conway wants nothing to do with either of them. But when Savvy turns up brutally murdered, he’s got no choice but to sort lies from truth – even though doing so may cost him his freedom, his lover and his life.
The Massachusetts gubernatorial race forms the backdrop for Ulfelder’s excellent sequel to his Edgar-finalist debut, Purgatory Chasm. Readers will want to see more of this tough but vulnerable lead, whose narration offers a warts-and-all view of his multifaceted character.
– Publishers Weekly (starred review)