K. Robert Campbell draws on his experiences as a lawyer and a park ranger for this series of mysteries. Main character Cameron Scott’s home base is coastal North Carolina, but his cases and web of friends take him around the state. Wherever Cameron goes, trouble finds hime. Whether it’s a train ride in the mountains, or a presentation to an appeals court in Raleigh, murder and intrigue turn simple pleasures and simple cases into something else. Insurrectionists, shady corporations, and extremists of various stripes figure in the plots, as does Mother Nature who serves up hurricanes and tornadoes at the most inopportune times. Along to add a cool head and moral support is Cameron’s wife, Mary, who is a control room supervisor at a nuclear plant near the coast. The easy back-and-forth between Cameron and Mary provides a cozy element that lightens up this series of thrillers.
Cameron Scott thinks of himself as a simple country lawyer, but he does have a way of getting into things. In this, the fourth novel in this series, Cameron heads to Raleigh to argue a case before the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The case–involving the sale of a used furniture business–hardly seems worth the court’s time. It’s such a small-time case that the disgruntled store owners, the Bentons, are being represented by their son, who has just been admitted to the bar. Ken Benton seems nice enough, but Cameron barely has time to size him up before a tornado bears down on the courthouse. In an instant, the courtroom is in shambles and a judge is dead. This is just the beginning, for soon another judge will die, unexplained explosions will occur around town, and authorities will rush to see if any of this is related to the President’s impending visit to Raleigh. The two lawyers, and Cameron’s wife Mary, are caught up in the Secret Service’s investigation in this fast-paced, high-stakes novel. Ken Benton provides comic relief even as he shows some surprising abilities; readers will be watching to see if he appears in future books in the series.
Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.