Author: Lis Wiehl
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Lisa Waldren is a middle-age, widowed federal prosecutor living in Boston. She has been estranged from her father for many years. He is now retired from the FBI and calls her out of the blue to help him with an old case. The man convicted of killing a civil rights proponent is on death row in a Texas prison and has been given an execution date. Her father is convinced that the man is not guilty. Why has her father kept silent for almost 50 years? Why try to do anything for this man at this late date? Lisa hasn’t had much of a relationship with her father after her high school years and even then he was done a lot with his FBI job. Now she has a chance to reconnect with her father maybe, but does she really want that? He has never been there for her when she needed him, so why should she have hope that this will amount to a renewed relationship? He is her father and she decides to help him.
Lisa flies to Texas to go over the case with her father. She soon realizes that indeed the wrong man has been convicted, but who is the real murderer and how can they find proof after almost 50 years? She and her dad begin investigating and ruffle the wrong person’s feathers. They realize they are being followed. Lisa has her hotel room searched and her home in Boston broken in to. The past reaches out to tell the future, and a mystery is solved. At what cost? Should the past remain in the past?
This is just a fascinating look back at a small portion of an event during the civil rights movement in 1965. Although fictitious, there are several factual names and events included in the story, which makes it all the more interesting. There is a relationship between a man and woman who aren’t married and spending the night together is mentioned, which I didn’t really think added anything to the story. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot. The addition of Stanley Blackstone and the missing key from JFK’s desk while in the oval office added a great deal of intrigue and tension that kept the story moving right along. There were so many good intentions without action or with the wrong action that led to much unhappiness. Everyone seemed intent on protecting someone, which only caused more heartache. There also is a very interesting interview included with the author’s father, who really was an FBI agent and worked on the Warren Commission, investigating JFK’s assassination. I think it is cool that the picture on the cover is an actual picture of the author at a civil rights march. I think that this story will entertain and engage readers just as it did me.
My rating is 5 stars.