The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
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One beautiful summer afternoon, Jody Linder receives shocking news: The man convicted of murdering her father is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. It has been twenty-three years since that stormy night when her father was shot and killed and her mother disappeared, presumed dead. Neither the protective embrace of Jody’s three uncles nor the safe haven of her grandparents’ ranch could erase the pain caused by Billy Crosby on that catastrophic night.

Now Billy Crosby is free, thanks to the efforts of his son, Collin, a lawyer who has spent most of his life trying to prove his father’s innocence. Despite their long history of carefully avoiding each other in such an insular community, Jody and Collin find that they share an exclusive sense of loss. 

As Jody revisits old wounds, startling truths emerge about her family’s tragic past. But even through struggle and hardship, she still dares to hope for a better future—and maybe even love.

 
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About Nancy Pickard

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Nancy Pickard is a four-time Edgar Award nominee, most recently for her Ballantine debut, The Virgin of Small Plains. She is the winner of the Anthony Award, the Macavity Award, and three Agatha Awards. Her short stories have also won numerous accolades. Pickard has been a national board member of the Mystery Writers of America and president of Sisters in Crime, and she is a member of PEN. She lives in Merriam, Kansas.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published April 15, 2010 by Ballantine Books. 354 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Romance. Fiction

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Book Reporter

In the midst of a treacherous storm 23 years ago, three-year-old Jody Linder’s father was murdered and her mother went missing.

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Twenty years ago Judy Linder's father was murdered, her mother vanished, and the killer was sent to jail.

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Small towns have their virtues - neighborly folks, orderly lives.

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It’s during one of those transitions that the grown-up Jody meets up with the grown-up son, Collin Crosby, and learns that on the night of the murder, Collin stayed awake all night because he was afraid that Billy, a known wife beater, would harm Valentine, Collin’s mother.

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... The Scent of Rain and Lightning should put Nancy Pickard on the list of must- read mystery authors; it's where she deserves to be. I've always ...

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