With her trademark electrifying storytelling and razor-sharp
tension, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell proves
once again why she is one of today''s top masters of suspense -- in
a riveting tale of dark family secrets ready to explode with the
devastating force of a Southwestern earthquake.
The powerful Quintrell family of New Mexico has spent decades in
the public eye. Now the recent death of the clan''s patriarch, a
former U.S. senator, has placed his son, Governor Josh Quintrell,
squarely in the spotlight as he prepares his run for the highest
political office in the land. It is not a good time to be rattling
skeletons in the family''s closets.
Researching personal histories isn''t just Carolina "Carly"
May''s profession, it''s her passion. When the governor''s
eccentric Aunt Winifred invites Carly into the Quintrells'' private
Taos compound to compile a genealogical record of the illustrious
residents, she can hardly believe her good luck. But digging into
the past is raising troubling questions about the would-be
president''s private life, his late father and catatonic mother,
and the grisly street crime that left his notorious drug-addicted
sister dead. And it soon becomes frighteningly apparent that the
motivation of the dotty old woman who hired Carly might be
something more akin to revenge -- and that someone is determined to
remove the inquisitive genealogist from the picture by any means
As a dark world of twisted passions and depraved crimes slowly
opens up before Carly, she realizes that there is no one whom she
dares to trust -- perhaps least of all Dan Duran, a dangerous and
haunted mystery man who''s somehow tied to the Quintrells'' past.
Butshe will need an ally to survive the terrible secrets a father
carried to the grave and an even more devastating evil that lurks
among the living -- because following the bloodlines of the wealthy
and power-hungry can be a bloody business ... and some dead secrets