377 p. Includes Reading Group Guide: Questions for Discussion, An Interview with the Author.
From the Publisher
Larry Watson''s previous fiction evoking contemporary Western
small-town life has won him awards, a dedicated readership, and
unqualified critical praise. Now he has written a novel that
envelops the rich emotional terrain of his beloved Montana in a
mystery that is both unexpected and unforgettable.
After a nighttime accident at the bottom of Sprull Hill in
Bentrock, Sheriff Jack Nevelsen is compelled to try and protect a
part of his hometown that even a hero would have trouble saving --
its innocence. For most everyone in the community would agree that
June Moss, the quiet girl who had just graduated from high school,
and Leo Bauer, the principal of Bentrock Elementary and a married
man like Jack, had no business heading out of town together.
As Jack sets out to unravel the mystery of their deaths, he begins
to create a story to shield his town, a lie that will reverberate
throughout an entire community, and into the shadows of his own