Webb Sawyer, former career Army man, has been living at Blue Heron Marsh on the Outer Banks for a bit over a year. In that time he’s gotten some perspective on the incident that ended his career, made friends with some interesting locals, and solved a string of murders dating back decades. In this latest novel, Webb is joined by his son, Preston. Preston has left a comfortable life in California with his mother and her new husband to make his own life, not the life someone else wants him to live.
Webb has helped Preston enroll at Elizabeth City State University, and Preston comes back to Blue Heron Marsh most weekends. Slowly, Webb and Preston are developing a father-son relationship. That relationship is both accelerated and threatened by the events in this novel. While working on a paper late one night, Preston discovers are the body of a professor who has been murdered in his office. Preston knew the man only by reputation (not good), but he is nonetheless a prime suspect in the case. As Preston and Webb look into the murder, they discover a ring of sexual predators, and both men are in danger. It’s clear that the apple has not fallen far from the tree, and readers should expect to see Preston in later Webb Sawyer mysteries.
Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.