is back. Willie Black was last seen, in Oregon Hill, risking the final tattered
remnants of his checkered career—and his life—to free a man almost everyone
else believed guilty. Willie’s still covering the night police beat with
its violent drug deals and dirt naps, still avoiding the hawk that periodically
swoops down to pluck away a few more of his colleagues in a floundering
business. He still drinks too much, smokes too much, and disobeys too much. The
only thing that keeps him employed is that he’s a damn fine reporter. Even his
beleaguered bosses would concede that.
finds himself neck-deep in a part of Richmond that a boy growing up in Oregon
Hill could only experience through illicit midnight sorties to the city’s most
exclusive swimming hole. The Quarry was where Alicia Parker Simpson identified
Richard Slade as her rapist twenty-eight years ago. Five days after DNA
evidence recently freed Slade from the prison system in which he had spent his adult
life, Alicia Simpson was found shot to death.
Almost everyone thinks Slade did it—who can blame them?—but Willie has
his doubts. And when the full weight of the city’s old money falls on him, trying
to crush the story, he becomes even more determined to chase the thing that
always seems to get him into trouble: the truth. That Richard Slade is
his cousin and a link to his long-dead African American father only makes
Willie that much more tenacious.
In the end Willie
will be drawn back to the Philadelphia Quarry, where it all started so long ago
and in whose murky waters the truth lies.
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