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At twenty-two, Sylvie Carson has known a lifetime’s worth of trouble. When she was a child, her baby brother was shot to death by a man named Preacher Eli. Orphaned in her teens, Sylvie is now raising her own baby with no partner in sight. For all these reasons, Leah Teal, the only police detective in Alvin, Alabama, tries to be patient when Sylvie calls the station day and night, always with some new false alarm. But now, Preacher Eli is out of prison and moving back to town.

As far as the law is concerned, the old man has paid his dues, although Leah’s twelve-year-old son, Abe, vehemently disagrees. Between that and his relentless curiosity about the daddy he hardly knew, Abe’s imagination is running wild. While Leah struggles with how much of the past to reveal to Abe, she’s also concerned about Sylvie’s mounting panic. Something in her gut tells her the girl might be a target after all. For as Leah knows well, there’s danger not just in the secrets others keep from us but in the lies that corrupt from within. It’s a hunch that will be tested soon enough as tensions on both sides mount.

Evoking the South with depth and grace, Michael Hiebert’s poignant, gripping novel captures the strength wrought by heartache and lost innocence—and the transformative power of forgiveness, wherever it comes.

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  • “The scenes are so well written that the reader will feel the sun beating on the sidewalks of Alvin and shake in their boots when the past collides with the present. Don’t expect Mayberry, people; this is a very good, sometimes emotional, mystery that will stay with you long after it’s over.”

    Suspense magazine

  • “In Hiebert’s taut sequel to 2013’s Dream with Little Angels, Leah Teal, the sole police detective in Alvin, Ala., is the only one who takes the crisis calls from Sylvie Carson seriously…Hiebert does a masterful job of building suspense.”

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Michael Hiebert is a critically acclaimed, award-winning writer of novels and short stories. His work has been published worldwide and has received many awards. He lives in British Columbia.