Lee Martin, a native of West Virginia, lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Colonel, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Vietnamese Gallantry Cross for his combat service in Vietnam. He has a Doctorate in Counseling and is an adjunct professor teaching courses in Psychology at Mercer University. Lee is the author of eleven other mystery novels.
by Lee Martin
by Lee Martin
Published Sep 14, 2015
Genre: FICTION / Thrillers / General
It’s been a strange and unusual week in the normally peaceful mountain town of Palisades, West Virginia. One lucky coal miner wins a million dollar lotto. However, on the same night, one unlucky miner is found dying in the town’s dump, a bullet in his head. Then scantly two days later, another murder. It seems former New York City police detective, Nate Davenport, the town’s new police chief of barely two months, suddenly has a second, execution style killing on his hands. But unfortunately, already in his short term, Nate finds he’s doing battle with Palisades’s long-time mayor, Vince DiFerraro, over the decision to call in the state police to investigate these murders. To Nate’s surprise, the state’s investigator happens to be an attractive, mid-thirties state officer. Mostly business...however definitely all seductress. Will Lieutenant Alicia Tanner end up getting in his way? Perhaps. But for sure in no time at all she’s certainly gotten into his head. Nate’s tenured deputy, Lynette Echols. Lyn, a sweet but feisty divorcée, has recently endured a series of problems which include caring for her seriously ailing mother and two years before experiencing a loathsome assault at the hands of the boyfriend that left her battered and scarred. Nate himself has endured his share of misfortune having eight years before lost his wife and ten year old daughter in an auto accident. A man often overcome by episodes of immense sadness and grief, he finds himself racked almost daily with a myriad of self-defeating emotions. A sullen, lonely police officer making only a fraction of his former salary in a dying backwoods community, this might just be the low ebb of his life. But as he now throws all of his mettle into solving these murders, is his resolve what it should be, considering he’s also allowed himself to develop feelings for the very two women who are helping him with the cases? And what about those other distractions...that menacing young hoodlum who drives recklessly around town in his muscle car bent on killing himself as well as the town’s citizens, the snake-handling church that has a calamitous history of fatal bites, and the sudden increase of petty crime in a community experiencing a failing economy in the face of the county’s large mining operation getting sold off? Palisades. A compelling novel saturated with the delicious ingredients of calculated murder, tantalizing desire, and colorful, unforgettable characters. It won’t take readers long to find themselves captivated by this heart-wrenching but heart-warming story set deep in coal country America.