Voice from the Ashes is a murder mystery, but it's also a story of how small town folks react when one of their own kills one of their own.
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It’s 1979. Cassell Springs, Washington, is a typical small town, where people love one another, respect one other and look out for one another. It’s where they leave their doors unlocked and invite neighbors for barbecues. Chief Baker and son Barney were part of that life for as long as many people can remember. Everyone loved them, told them their problems, trusted them with their children.
So, who jabbed a Swiss Army knife between Baker’s eyes then ran him over, splattering his body along 100’ of Route 504? Surely not Barney, too underweight even, to be accepted to the police academy. Yet Barney is State Police’s only suspect.
Interim Chief Ian Merryweather doesn’t agree. He’s sure the murderer is still living and working amongst them. He’s read the statistics, that killers often kill again. Armed only with a load of clues that seem to have no relation to one another, Ian struggles to piece things together.
March 1980 Mount St. Helens begins spewing smoke and ash across the area and for a while Ian’s distracted by the gawkers, tourists and scientists who’ve flocked to the area. In the diner on the morning of May 18, 1980, one innocent comment is spoken. As Mount St. Helens unleashes noxious fumes, unbreathable ash, and boiling mud on the northwest United States, the killer strikes again.From the Inside Flap:
On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens became the site of two hideous events. One, unavoidable — the eruption of a long dormant volcano. The other, the horrific murder of one of Pequot, Washington’s most beloved citizens. The killer attempted to use the volcano’s wrath to cover up his own grisly act. Will Chief Ian Merryweather be able to ferret out the killer before he creates more devastation in the tiny town?
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Book Description Hilliard & Harris Pub, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. new title edition. 264 pages. 9.00x6.25x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1591331471