It’s his daughter’s birthday, and Amos Decker is back in Burlington, Ohio, at the cemetery visiting his wife and daughter’s graves.
While there, Decker is accosted by Meryl Hawkins, his first homicide arrest as a rookie detective. Meryl Hawkins, a convicted murderer, was given an early release because he was dying of cancer. Meryl has come back to Burlington to seek to clear his name. He now claims he was innocent of the murders of four people: two businessmen, a drug-dealing young man, and a young girl.
As Decker begins to investigate the possibility of Hawkins’s innocence, Hawkins is murdered.
Soon, the small town of Burlington, Ohio, has a morgue piled full of dead bodies- murders on top of murders- all seemingly connected to the trial and conviction of Meryl Hawkins.
Could Amos Decker have sent an innocent man to prison? The more the murders pile up… the more likely that seems.
A GREAT READ!!
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