A Foolish Plucking

Dee Pipes and Charlie Yates are up to their old tricks as Dee Wilbur. In A Foolish Plucking, they're again telling the truth about Richmond (as well as a few lies.) They've expanded Jon's area of operations. Dee's home town is Liberty, Texas. She demanded equal time with Richmond so much of the story is centered in Liberty. But not to limit themselves, they've also had some of the tale take place in Victoria. You can't confine a great man.

Gary is a lush and a womanizer. On that everyone agrees. But is he a murderer? The police sure think so. Gary denies it, and the police don't have a corpse. But they do have the big fight at the country club, his wife's blood behind the bed, in the shower drain, and in the back of her Escalade. And Gary has no alibi. The jury agrees with the police.

Gary's mistress leaves Dayton with Gary's child and moves to Richmond, tired of the Scarlet A she's had to wear in Dayton. She hears of Jon through LuLu, her new boss, and enlists his aid in trying to get Gary a new trial.

In the meantime Jon and Sandy are dealing with a family problem. Why haven't Jon's brother and sister-in-law ever shown up at any events? It isn't because Sandy's cooking is bad.

All in all it stirs up a nice little brew of a mystery that'll keep you busy for an afternoon or two.


A Jealous God

Compellingly told from multiple points of view, A Jealous God follows Emma on her labyrinthine journey in search of the truth at all costs. A brilliant attorney with unflappable focus, she becomes consumed with learning who is responsible for several similar birth defects originating in her hometown. Her quest introduces her to a number of colorful characters. One of these is Jon, the local attorney whose largest client—Hays Chemical—is the target of Emma's investigation. Jon embarks in pursuit of answers of his own, only to come to the realization that the suffering heaped upon these children dates back far further than he, Emma, or Hays Chemical could have ever imagined. It was, in fact, foretold in the oldest book of all.

Justice Perverted

Jon's back, and he's in trouble again. Sandy's coming back to Richmond to marry him, and she's worried about how she's gonna fit in. She doesn't even know about Diego's murder charge and the teenage marijuana ring Jon will have to defend.

Sandy dozed intermittently with her head on Jon's shoulder as they headed west on IH 10. She thought about the changes that had just occurred in her life: her father's death, quitting her teaching job in New Orleans, and packing all her belongings in the U-Haul truck in which she was riding. Her mind then raced to the changes that were to come: her marriage to Jon, moving to the town of Richmond, Texas, and the effect that the community would have on her and she would have on the town. She could not have foreseen the arrest of Jon's partner for murder, the teenage marijuana ring, or the complete perversion of justice about to take place.