By Beverly Barton
From the again conceal: while a surprising scandal exposes southern secrets... because the blazing warmth of summer season provides solution to sultry September, a shroud of suspicion settles over the Noble's Crossing, a sleepy Alabama city. not anything is because it turns out- and not can be back. Lane Noble Graham stands accused of murdering her ex-husband...and the single guy who may help, Johnny Mack Cahill vowed by no means go back to town that scorned him...or the girl whose love he knew he did not deserve!
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Lane isn't the sort of girl who'd-" "He's been sniffing around Mary Martha, too," Kent had said, knowing full well how Buddy felt about his sister. " The very thought that anyone would take advantage of his precious Mary Martha had outraged Buddy, just as Kent had known it would. Two days later, he had rounded up six friends, and while Kent watched, they had cornered Johnny Mack by the Nobles' boat-house. It had taken all six of them to subdue him. He had fought like the devil, but even Johnny Mack hadn't been able to overcome six-to-one odds.
Lane released Lillie Mae's hand, leaned back in the chair and closed her eyes. " Lillie Mae eased her thin body down into the wing chair across from Lane. "I figured as much. " Lane massaged her temples with circular swirls of her index fingers. " Lillie Mae released a long, relieved sigh. "Did you tell him everything? " Lane picked up the cup of tea. "Yes. " Tears gathered in the corners of Lillie Mae's faded gray eyes. "I loved her, my Sharon. But Lord knows she wasn't worth shootin'. I guess folks thought that her dying the way she did, from AIDS, was punishment for her sins.
I would have bet my life that you were dead, Cahill. " Johnny Mack held up a restraining hand. "No, don't tell. Let me guess. She wasn't as sure as you were that I was dead. " Buddy's voice quivered ever so slightly. '' Buddy surveyed Johnny Mack from head to toe, his gaze searching, as if looking for any sign of a weapon. "If you know what's good for you, you'll leave town. " "Ah, but that's the problem. " "You don't want to wind up the way you did back then, do you? " Buddy stuck out his chest and tilted up his chin with fal se bravado.
After Dark by Beverly Barton