In a lush California orange grove, a killer has etched the names of his victims into tree trunks. Celia Raphael finds her name there also. Threatening calls when she is alone, increase her fear for the safety of her children. When her husband is away during the week, she relies on her neighbor, Mavis Townsend, until Mavis is murdered. Who is killing people in this ideal neighborhood? Could it be Mavis's husband, Nat, with whom Celia is falling in love? Could it be Alexrod Parrish or Pat Murphy, neighbors who are feuding? Or is the killer the unstable detective who falls in love with Celia? The semblance of a happy garden spot in the West is shattered, and Celia is caught in a web of mounting terror. At the stunning climax, she triumphs over her own weaknesses as she conquers the madman and in a surprise ending, gets even.
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Published January 15, 2001
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction.