In 1971, The state of Minnesota was rocked by the "Butcher Boy" incident, as coverage of a family brutally murdered by one of their own swept across newspapers and TV screens nationwide. Now, in present-day New Orleans, Polly Deschamps finds herself at another lonely crossroads in her life. No stranger to tragedy, Polly was a runaway at the age of fifteen, escaping a nightmarish Mississippi childhood. Lonely, that is, until she encounters architect Marshall Marchand. Polly finds him attractive, charming, and intelligent. Marshall, a lifelong bachelor, spends most of his time with his brother Danny. When Polly's two young daughters from her previous marriage are likewise taken with Marshall, she marries him. However, as Polly begins to settle into her new life, she becomes uneasy about her husband's increasing dark moods, fearing that Danny may be influencing Marshall in ways she cannot understand. But what of the prediction by a New Orleans tarot card reader, who proclaims that Polly will murder her husband? What, if any, is the Marchands' connection to the infamous "Butcher Boy" multiple homicide? And could Marshall and his eccentric brother be keeping a dark secret from Polly, one that will shatter the happiness she has forever prayed for?
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by Nevada Barr
by David Bell
"In a major change of pace for the author, Nevada Barr tells a terrifying story of monstrous acts and redemption. Dan John Miller reads the story of a 12-year-old boy arrested for killing his family in 1971 and the 50-year-old New Orleanian he grows up to be--a man haunted by the demons still inside him. Miller's reading is delicately understated, giving a touching gentleness to the characters that makes the suspense all the more meaningful. Without overpowering the story with accents or stylistic vocal changes, Miller gives the characters a distinctive Louisiana flavor when appropriate. The story reaches a stunning climax as the damaged man finds love, and then watches as history begins to repeat itself. S.E.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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