Out of the Ruins by Sally S. Wright
(Ben Reese Mysteries)

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Of all the aristocratic dynasties that once reigned over Georgia’s Cumberland Island - where wild stallions still run free - only the Hill family survives. Now they too are threatened. Charlotte, the family matriarch, has died suddenly and mysteriously, leaving her sister-in-law, Hannah, to protect the unspoiled paradise from the younger generation’s weakness for development dollars and Federal Park pressure. But Hannah Hill is bedridden. And even the island folk, some as venomous as Cumberland’s diamondbacks, cast covetous eyes on her white pillared mansion.

When Hannah passes away suddenly, shortly after telling archivist and family friend Ben Reese of a mysterious nighttime intruder, he knows, as an ex-WWII scout, that murder can seem reasonable and right when it satisfies your obsession.

Bumping up against questions of human suffering and euthanasia versus the sanctity of human life, Ben fights his way through a tangle of motives, concealed histories, and the legal complexities of eminent domain, to track the unexpected killer raised-up in the rivalry between two great island families.
 

About Sally S. Wright

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Sally S. Wright is the author of three acclaimed mystery novels. She attended Northwestern University, where she earned a degree in oral interpretation of literature, and also completed graduate work at the University of Washington. She and her husband live in Ohio and are the parents of two children.
 
Published September 21, 2011 by Ballintine. 252 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In her fourth Ben Reese mystery, Edgar nominee Wright takes Ben away from England and Scotland, the settings for the last two books, and deposits him on unspoiled Cumberland Island off the coast of

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