If there is such a thing as a fate worse than death‚ Joe Tree found it. Sentenced to the hell of Florida’s state prison for a murder he didn’t commit‚ with the wife he worships cheering on the prosecution and then deserting him to marry the man who sent him up. His long-coveted freedom day only brings more heartbreak when he returns to Tampa Bay after surviving twelve years on the concrete.
The gold he stashed to finance a fresh start has disappeared‚ the friend he trusted it to is long dead‚ the answers buried beneath the dirty secrets of a onetime rival’s success and the truth of why an old acquaintance who married a fortune needs Joe dead or back in prison to keep it. When Joe crosses paths with a soured cop hungering for an opportunity to muscle in on a lucrative blackmail racket — if he can find a suitable lowlife to frame for the killings — the bodies start falling.
A prime murder suspect once again‚ Joe’s sole hope of avoiding a return to prison lies in smoking out the real killer. As each layer of deceit he scrapes away reveals more of the treachery that stole his life‚ his hunt for his gold becomes a quest for vindication. But to get his shot at that bittersweet justice‚ he must gamble everything — the gold‚ his freedom‚ and ultimately his life — on the heart of a beautiful attorney who just may be playing for the other side.
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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.