The holidays are approaching, but Chicago Journal reporter Mark Manning is
anything but joyous. His career at the Journal has maxed out, and another
birthday has him contemplating his own mortality. Though heís achieved
emotional bedrock with architect Neil Waite, his lover of three years,
Manning needs a major life change.
That change awaits him in the idyllic little Wisconsin town of Dumont, where
his familyís roots lie. Heís made plans to take over the local paper, to
purchase the rambling old house on Prairie Street that he once visited as a
child, and to reacquaint himself with his wealthy cousin, Suzanne Quatrain.
Itís a dream come true, but as Manning discovers soon after his arrival, the
promise of a new beginning is shaded by something sinister, by dark secrets
that someone wants left buried. It begins with a series of threatening
letters. Then, on Christmas day, under his own roof, a killer strikes. In the
words of our hero himself, "This one has it allódeceit, greed, secrets, and
lust. Not to mention murder."
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