The most hated woman in Savannah, Georgia, is about to be set free. Twenty years ago, Blondell OHenry was convicted of murdering her eldest daughter and wounding her two other children. The prosecution argued that beautiful, selfish Blondell wanted to be rid of them to be with her lover. Now Blondells son, Niall, has recanted his testimony and demolished the case in the process. Reporter Nikki Gillette is determined to get the true story, and not just for professional reasons. Blondells murdered daughter, Amity, was Nikkis childhood friend. The night she died, Amity begged Nikki to meet with her, insisting she had a secret to tell, but Nikki didnt go. Her guilt is compounded by other complicationsNikkis favorite uncle, Alexander, was the attorney who helped save Blondell from execution. And rumors swirl that he was one of her many lovers. Nikkis fiancé, Detective Pierce Reed, is concerned she may be compromising the case. As she digs for answers during one of the most sweltering summers in Savannahs history, he also worries for her safety. Everyone involved seems to have secrets, from Blondells old boyfriend and his fundamentalist, snake- handling in-laws to the cop who led the original investigation. And somehow, the events of that tragic night connect to Nikkis own fractured family. But now the killing has begun again. Is Amitys murderer still at large, or is this a new, darker danger? Soon Nikki will discover what really happened twenty years ago, but the answers may come too late to save her life
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