Lesley Rowan was a rising star investigative reporter at Dallas's top rated news television station, WDLL. Smart, fearless, photogenic, she had trained under the best the industry had to offer, including the late Manny Zammorra, the incorruptible editor of the Brownsville Daily Leader. It was her connection to Zammorra that sparked the station's news director, Mac Withers, to send Lesley to the South Texas city to cover the funeral and the federal investigation that was sure to follow in his drug cartel-style execution.
Lesley watched the slow procession of mourners file past the coffin, down back to the vestibule and outside into the blinding sunlight of mid-morning, She reached for her small clutch bag, ready to follow the crowd, when she discovered the envelope. She waited until she was inside the station's satellite truck before tearing it open.
"Don't waste your time in Brownsville. The man behind the killing is not here. The killers are safe across the border. You need to look in Dallas. The money is there. Matamoros is a decoy. If you look for oil you will find drugs. That is what this is all about. I will be at the city park near the main bridge over the Rio Grande at ten p.m. I'll find you. Come alone."
It was the, "I'll find you," that sent a cold chill of fear down Lesley's spine.
" I have read this book twice now. The first time I read it, I couldn't wait to get to the end to find out what happened. :) The second time I didn't rush, and I enjoyed it again. It is well written and keeps the reader thinking!" -Eliza B.
A Murderer Stalks Music Row.
"Go with the flow," Jill always said. "Get swept up in it. Let it take you where it will. That’s the excitement of this business."
Jill Edgerton’s eye for talent and Sarah Ann Boswell’s nose for business have made Edgerton Group one of the fastest growing talent management firms on Nashville’s fabled Music Row. With a stable of artists that includes rising stars Stella Wayne, a blue-eyed beauty from Oklahoma with an angelic face and seductive, devilish voice, and Jared Parson, a brash, young singer from Texas whose sultry voice and rugged good looks rocket him to the top of the charts, Edgerton Group is the envy of the country music industry.
Success breeds passion.
Passion breeds obsession.
Obsession breeds homicide.
"This murder-mystery novel is an entertaining read, with a nice blend of mystery, romance and comedy thrown in for good measure. The plots revolves around a developing music talent agency, its owners and up-and-coming star. Jared Parson." - Jessica McC
Gadsden, Alabama, 1943. World War II rages on three continents, far from the small Southern community of Gadsden. Two blue stars hang in the window of the Winstead residence, stark reminders of the two Winstead sons fighting in this terrible conflict. For teenager John Winstead, the changes wrought by war affect not only him, but his family, his neighbors, and his town.
During the summer of 1943, seduction takes center stage in John's world. He begins a torrid affair with Sylvia Barnes, a beautiful, lonely woman married to an abusive alcoholic. When the affair is discovered, Sylvia flees Gadsden in mortification, leaving John devastated.
The war offers a chance to escape his misery, and John leaves high school to join the Army Air Corps and serve in the Pacific on a B-29 crew. Despite the solidarity and courage of his men, Sylvia is never far from his thoughts, and when John's plane is shot down into the ocean, her face is the one he clings to during his stay in the hospital as he wavers between delirium and sanity.
Ailing in spirit and body, John returns to Gadsden, still a teenager, but matured to manhood by the raw brutality of war and loss. For him, the war is over. But the fight for the love of his life has just begun...
"Goodbye Gadsden is one man's/family's account of events during WWII. It is action packed as well as historically accurate. Once you pick it up you will be hard pressed to put it down again for wanting to know what happens next." -Dave