To Kill An Echo
County prosecutor Ridge Rowley is murdered by a shotgun blast in the back. Psychologist Barb Stark was his star witness against murderous Rev Byrd, leader of a cult of religious fanatics who routinely stone their wives, and are eerily expert in killing pesky women like Barb. Now she's in the crosshairs, and if she and Walter Chandler can't solve Rowley's murder, no one will be safe in Duncan. More
Duncan, Tennessee's county attorney is gunned down in the courthouse parking lot -- a point-blank shotgun blast in the back. Psychologist Barbara Stark was to be the prosecution's primary and sole eyewitness against Revelations 19:2 Byrd, leader of a murderous group of religious fanatics who routinely stone their wives to death when those wives age past their child-bearing years.
Another attorney is assigned to Rev Byrd's trial -- but witnesses like Barb can't be replaced, and now Dr. Stark, state's witness, is squarely in the cross-hairs of the Byrd clan's sights. They have to get rid of her or lose their leader to a death sentence or life in prison. Barb isn't married to Rev Byrd, so he can't stone her to death, but the Byrd clan can think of lots of other ways to kill a pesky woman.
Barb has other things on her mind -- like her love for two men, one of whom just slept with another woman. That's the problem with being an expert at ferreting out the truth -- you spot lies and evasions, even when you don't want to see them. Barb's also deep into planning the ultimate party at her estate -- for the man who just betrayed her.
The county attorney's murder initiates a storm of violence that shakes the small resort city of Duncan to its core, with Barb in the eye of the storm. She realizes that if she and ex-FBI agent Walter Chandler don't solve this murder, no one will be safe in Duncan. But if Barb keeps asking questions, detecting lies and deducing uncomfortable secrets, she'll be targeted by more than Rev Byrd's numerous clan. Barb is soon involved in an escalating dance of survival while she and Walter Chandler stalk a powerful killer. Barb scrambles well, and is extraordinarily hard to kill, but this time maybe her luck has finally run out.
TO KILL AN ECHO, the fifth in the Barb Stark series, continues the fast-paced style of the first four novels. The action, the humor, the romance, and the intricate plot lines will entrap you. You'll be treated to suspense, mystery, and frightening moments interspersed with times you'll stop to have a personal insight or chuckle and laugh out loud -- but you'll keep turning pages past your bedtime, lost in Appalachia's beautiful lake country or the world of the very rich in Atlanta. Whether you start with the introductory first book, BLONDE JOKE, or jump into the series at one of the others in the five-book series, you'll find Barb Stark's adventures to be your perfect escape route when you want to curl up with a good entertaining read.