by Kellerman, Jonathan; Kellerman, Jesse

"Things get personal for Deputy Coroner Clay Edison when a murder hits close to home in this riveting, emotional thriller from the bestselling father-son team who write "brilliant, page-turning fiction" (Stephen King). A raging wildfire. A massive blackout. A wealthy man shot to death in his palatial hilltop home. For Clay Edison, it's all in a day's work. As a deputy coroner, caring for the dead, he speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves. He prides himself on an unflinching commitment to the truth. Even when it gets him into trouble. Then, while working the murder scene, Clay is horrified to discover a link to his brother, Luke. Horrified. But not surprised. Luke is fresh out of prison and struggling to stay on the straight and narrow. And nowhe's gone AWOL. The race is on for Clay to find him before anyone else can. Confronted with Luke's legacy of violence, Clay is forced to reckon with his own suspicions, resentments, and loyalties. Is his brother a killer? Or could he be the victim in allof this, too? This is Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman at their most affecting and page-turning-a harrowing collision of family, revenge, and murder"-

*Starred Review* When coroner Clay Edison is called to the scene where wealthy businessman Rory Vandervelde has been brutally murdered, he has no idea this case will have dangerous repercussions for him and his family. Clay is stunned by the victim's vast collection of vintage cars, but after he sees a familiar green Camaro, he's puzzled, then disturbed. His brother, Luke, who's had a troubled life, including drug addiction and a prison term, owns an identical Camaro. But if this one is Luke's, how did it end up in Vandervelde's garage? Clay tries to contact Luke but discovers he's disappeared. Could Luke have been involved in Vandervelde's murder? As Clay tries to discover the truth, he realizes that both he and Luke are in danger, and he may need to circumvent the law to set matters right. This is another superb crime thriller from the prolific and talented father-and-son Kellermans. Set in the San Francisco Bay Area during one of the state's terrible wildfires, the story is vintage Kellerman(s): a riveting page-turner of a mystery with pulse-pounding action, and a compelling look at family dynamics and loyalty. The shock ending doesn't hurt, either. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

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