Being police chief in tiny Prosperity‚ North Carolina‚ typically meant that Judd Wheeler mostly handed out traffic tickets and quelled the occasional domestic dispute. Being shot during a routine investigation changed all that. Within weeks of Wheeler’s return to the job‚ a banker and his wife disappear‚ and the most hated man in town is brutally murdered. Compounding his troubles is the return of Wheeler’s best childhood friend Sean “Shug” Burch‚ an ex-convict turned celebrity country-blues singer whom Wheeler helped put in prison for rape almost thirty years earlier‚ and who may be seeking revenge. Formerly a bucolic country paradise‚ Prosperity has become a hotbed of crime‚ and only Chief Judd Wheeler — with the assistance of an unexpected ally — can bring it back to order.
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Five Star Mysteries are standard print, first editions from award-winning authors as well as up-and-coming authors of the Mystery genre. These hardcover first editions will consist of new novels and short story collections plus novels that have been restored from original typescripts. The Five Star First Edition Mystery Series titles are carefully selected to appeal to a broad range of genre fans and include all subgenres of mystery: romantic suspense, traditional mysteries, private eye novels, cozies, hard-boiled detectives, and short story collections. The mystery genre continues to boom and this plan speaks directly to what today’s readers want -- a mix of original novels and short fiction collections from established, award-winning professionals as well as up-and-coming writers in the field. Previous authors have included Ralph McInerny, Catherine Dain, Les Roberts, Jeremiah Healy, and more. New, as of June 2004, four (4) titles shipped approximately every four weeks. Actual covers may be different from those shown.