ISBN 10: 0770427162 / 0-7704-2716-2
ISBN 13: 9780770427160
Publisher: Bantam Books of Canada Ltd
Publication Date: 1996
Its been seven years since Maria Buscombe disappeared, leaving a cryptic note for her husband and daughter. Seven years of living in silence. Now the news comes home that Maria has been brutally murdered.For RCMP Staff Sergeant Karl Alberg, the case pulls him away from thoughts of early retirement with the love of his life, Cassandra Mitchell. But Alberg knows he wont be able to rest until he pieces together the puzzle of Marias past. Why had she left her family so abruptly? What were the secret circumstances of her childhood adoption? And, last but not least, who was stalking the troubled woman--and why?His initial inquiries raise more questions than answers. He meets resistance and suspicion from Marias family and glimpses the rage and pain of the dead womans daughter, Belinda, now herself a mother-to-be. If Alberg is to solve this case, he must find the broken branch of Maria Buscombe's family tree--and the deadly secrets that reveal a terrible truth about the victim herself...
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