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BOOK REVIEW: WINTER'S CHILD
BY MARGARET MARON

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One month into their marriage and life looks rosy for Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant but the rosy life is short-lived. A pick-up had crashed on a back road near Possum Creek in North Carolina. When Dwight arrives at the scene he discovers that the crash was not the cause of death. The cause of death and the cause of the wreck was a bullet in the back of J. D. Rouse's head. J. D. was a known troublemaker in the area so this did not come as any big surprise.

The only witness was an elderly woman and her dog that happened to be cleaning the litter from the road. She couldn't recall any vehicles passing by except J. D.'s truck.

At about 9:15 p.m. Dwight received a call from his eight-year-old son Cal insisting that Dwight come to Virginia to be at his school the next day. Cal also insisted that Dwight come wearing his uniform. Finally Dwight agreed and left early the next morning to arrive in time to find out that Cal had wanted his Dad at school so Cal could use him for show and tell. Dwight stayed to take his son to lunch and found out that Cal had been alone the night before when he called his Dad. He also hadn't seen his mother since Thursday morning. Dwight had Cal pack and they spent the night at Cal's home with Dwight's ex-wife but before morning Cal was missing too.

An Amber alert was issued and Deborah left for Virginia to be with her husband in the hope that she could be of some assistance in locating Cal.

Meanwhile Dwight's colleagues had run into some problems in the Rouse investigation.

Dwight and Deborah are busy in Virginia trying to figure out who took Cal and where he was while Dwight was also trying to keep up with the Rouse investigation by phone.

This is a quick read that kept me entertained with all the twists and turns and on edge until Cal was found.

REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID

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