September 12, 2001. Four members of the Klasser family are found dead outside Dallas, Texas. In the wake of 9/11, the Klassers’ neighbor, Omar Jones—an American citizen of Arab descent—is convicted of their murder. Could a sleepy hillside in Arkansas be the axis of international terror?
With only a month before Jones’ execution, attorney Lije Evans searches for evidence that will prove the man innocent. But Evans’ quest goes deeper than solving one crime. He is determined to find the secret behind the dark history of sleepy Swope’s Ridge—and how it ties in with his wife’s murder.
Interlocking mysteries lead Evans and his team to the dirt roads of Kansas and a rusty cargo ship in the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, they discover a secret that offers the promise of great power—and the greatest temptation they’ve ever faced. Racism, betrayal, and death-defying escapes compound an adventure that knows no bounds in this harrowing second book in the Lije Evans Mysteries series.