By Lynn Hightower
(Henry Holt and Co., Hardcover, 9780805067569, 320pp.)
Publication Date: July 2002
Other Editions of This Title: Audio Cassette
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A suspenseful and chilling tale of a family undone by a mother's mysterious death and a father's startling secrets.
Beaufort, South Carolina, is home to the Smallwoods, a family that appears close-knit but is in fact deeply at odds. The youngest sibling, Georgie, is consumed with anger at her father, Fielding, an unforgiving ex-marine, whose involvement in a notorious scandal many years earlier cast a shadow over his career and the Smallwood name. A fierce patriarch, Fielding neglects Georgie's mother; belittles her brother, Ashby; and denies her sister, Claire, the financial support she needs after a trying divorce. When her mother dies suddenly and of mysterious causes, Georgie immediately suspects that her father was somehow involved.
As she works to convince Ashby and Claire of her suspicions, however, their father is murdered, and Claire is implicated in his death. Georgie desperately attempts to piece together both her family and her personal life, but the evidence of their father's betrayal and the secrets of his past threaten to leave the Smallwood family in ruin.
As affecting as it is suspenseful, High Water infuses a harrowing mystery with an intensely personal study of the delicate, complex bonds that define a family. Lynn Hightower's most successful book yet, High Water, packs a powerful combination of intrigue and insight.
Lynn Hightower is the author of six previous novels, including Satan's Lambs, which won the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel. She studied creative writing with Wendell Berry at the University of Kentucky and holds a degree in journalism. She lives in Tennessee.
"There are plenty of reasons to admire . . . Hightower's Cincinnati police procedurals . . . Along with style and substance, these stories have heart."
--The New York Times Book Review, on The Debt Collector
"Lynn Hightower is a major talent."
"Like her heroine, Hightower is a pro who knows how to get the job done."
--Los Angeles Times
"Sharp, shocking, and shamelessly satisfying."
--Val McDermid, on No Good Deed
"[Hightower's] pacing is brisk, her characters well drawn and credibly flawed and her plotting diabolically intriguing from start to finish."