• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 27, 2016)
Edgar-nominated and bestselling author Lisa Turner’s hard-boiled Detective Billy Able returns in this dark Southern mystery about the murder of a dazzling Memphis socialite—and the scandals revealed in the wake of her death
The heart can be an assassin. Detective Billy Able knows that from experience.
Fresh from solving Memphis’ most sensational murder case, Homicide Detective Billy Able and his ambitious new partner Frankie Malone are called to a bizarre crime scene on the outskirts of town. A high society attorney has been murdered while dressed in a wedding gown. Billy is shocked to discover he has a very personal connection to the victim. When the attorney’s death exposes illegal practices at her family’s prestigious law firm, the scandal is enough to rock the southern city’s social world.
In a tale of the remnants of Old South aristocracy and entitlement, twisted by greed and vengeance, Billy must confront the secrets of his own past to have any chance at solving the murder of the girl he once knew. But as he seeks the truth, he’s drawn closer to an embittered killer bent on revenge—and eliminating the threat Billy poses.
It's bad enough coming up on an accident scene and discovering that someone has died. It's even worse when it's someone you know (or at least whose identity you know). And it's worse (and infinitely awkward) to have the victim dressed in a wedding gown.
Is it easier to raise your social class by increasing your wealth, or increasing your wealth by raising your social class? It's just that the two seem to occur together quite often. And this concurrence seems to bestow a mantle of invincibility on its possessors. A more graceful way of saying that might be that people who are rich or 'upper crust' seem to feel they have different rules than the rest of us; 'above the law' is another way of putting it.
Of course, that provides a nice bit of irony in that the prestigious family in town are lawyers...several of whom happen to think that they don't have to play by the same rules as the rest of society.
Ms. Turner put great tension and suspense in Devil Sent the Rain. The detectives had their work cut out for them on this case. There were so many suspects and motives at cross-purposes. Billie and Frankie needed a lot of patience and more than a little chutzpah to unravel this crime.
This is the 3rd installment in the "Detective Billy Able Series", the first two being A Little Death in Dixie and The Gone Dead Train, respectively. Looks like my TBR has just expanded. No mystery there.
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(Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author and HarperCollins, publishers, via TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.)
This review was originally scheduled for October 11, 2016, but I was not able to post at that time. I regret any confusion and disappointment this may have caused the author and/or the tour company.