|Innocents, the (1995) [Novel]|
by Richard Barre
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(From the publisher):
In 1990, a flash flud rips through a lonely section of the California desert, unearthing the skeletons of seven murdered children. Amid the outcry for justice following the discovery, the media gives them a name: The Innocents.
The Innocents case becomes a pressure cooker of media hype and political heat. Who are they? Who put them there? How were they killed? Clues are neglible: a nick in the bones that tells investigators the murder weapon was likely a knife, and a tarnished Saint Christopher medal bearing the inscription "Vaya Con Dios, Benito. Papa, 1967.
One man recognizes those words, fully understands their meaning; they were once inscribed on the final gift to a six-year-old son who promised to be good. The man is Ignacio Reyes.
Reyes must find out who killed his child; he knows, however, that the answer will unleash long-buried demons of memory and guilt. In desperation, he turns to Wil Hardesty, a troubled private investigator who knows all too well about such things. He still grieves for his own son.
As Hardesty digs deep, aided by a risky deal with the law, he exposes monstrous crimes, other burdens of guilt to be shouldered and discarded, and the chance, finally, to forgive himself for his own loss. But now he and those close to him have become the hunted.
As stunning and surprising as the storm that sets it in motion, "The Innocents" introduces the powerful work of a skilled storyteller redered with emotion and clarity.
Original title: The Innocents
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Crime/Caper