By Dana Stabenow
Thirty-one years in the past in Anchorage, Alaska, Victoria Pilz Bannister Muravieff was once convicted of murdering her seventeen-year-old son William. The jury again a brief verdict of in charge, believing the prosecutor's claims that she had set fireplace to her own residence with either her sons within; William died and the opposite, Oliver, narrowly escaped. Victoria used to be sentenced to existence in felony with out parole, and even though she pled now not to blame on the trial, she by no means back denied her guilt.
Now her daughter, Charlotte Muravieff, has employed Kate Shugak to transparent her mother's identify. Her daughter has consistently believed in her innocence, and now that Victoria has been clinically determined with terminal melanoma, Charlotte wishes her unfastened. Kate is the single p.i. Charlotte can locate who's keen to take any such long-shot case. Kate, nonetheless, is simply keen simply because she's unexpectedly a unmarried dad or mum to undefined, she hopes will choose to visit university. along with, it can't be undesirable to do a want for the Bannister relations, one of many wealthiest and such a lot popular households in Alaska's brief history.
As Kate starts an research, Victoria protests, refusing to cooperate. yet quickly it kind of feels she isn't the single person who desires to go away the prior long ago. during this spell-binding novel, Kate's disagreement with thirty years of secrets and techniques and regret-and murder-in one in every of Alaska's strongest households exhibits award-winning crime author Dana Stabenow on the best of her video game.
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