Thirteen years.
Two murders.
One betrayal.


Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.

When a young boy’s remains are found in a shallow grave on land belonging to PI Evan Buckley’s avowed enemy, the monster Carl Hendricks, the police are desperate for Evan’s help in solving a case that’s been dead in the water for the past thirteen years. Hendricks is dying, and Evan is the only person he’ll share his deathbed confession with. Except Evan knows Hendricks of old. Did he really kill the boy? And if so, why does he want to confess to Evan?

As he revisits the original cold case, Evan’s honesty and motives are questioned by the lead detective who failed to solve it. Worse, he soon finds himself at the center of some very unwelcome attention, the shadow of a killer’s crosshairs hanging over him. Nor is he the only one to awaken a dormant killer as Hendricks finds out the hard way that he’s set events in motion that he can’t control.

The deeper Evan gets drawn into the case, the worse the betrayal at its core becomes, until once more he’s forced to take up the reluctant mantle of hanging judge, his fate to decide who should pay and who will walk free.

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Neurotransmitters firing on all cylinders with this one! The best mis-adventure of Evan Buckley story yet!!! Once I started reading, I could not stop; made myself late for work. Brilliant work by a brilliant author. Strap in and hold on tight, this adventure will twist and turn and take you on a thrill ride you won’t soon forget.

Kelly A

Another excellent story in the Evan Buckley series written by a master wordsmith. Excellent plot with lots of twists and turns that surprised me with each page turn. 20 years of family strife and revenge make this an interesting read. Don’t miss it. This is the type of story that will probably in some ways haunt you forever. I know, it will me.


Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great crime thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. A very easy rating of 5 stars.

Tony Parsons

Evan Buckley gets better with each book. As do the story lines. I’ve read these three in a row in only two days! Ready for the next one!


One of the best I’ve read in a while. Plenty to keep any reader totally engrossed. The twist at the end surprised the heck out of me.


Compelling. Fast-paced story that leaves unanswered questions. There is violence but no drag-you-down drama. Intriguing storyline with plenty of twists and gallows humor. Believable characters with distinct personalities. Realistic procedures, actions and reactions. Classic quote and entertaining dialogue.


Wow. I have just found a new author to love and follow. I love the honest grittiness of this new character, his flaws, his heart and his determination. James Harper seems to know the human condition very well and explores it in his writing. With gripping plots and a few helpers this books comes to a very satisfying ending. I recommend it. Soooo good.

Toots Sullivan

I loved this book and its protagonist, Evan Buckley. Every thing about this story is believable and the character development is true to life. Great story and dialogue. I’ll read everything this author turns out.


This book is outstanding and possibly one of the best mystery books I have read! Boy oh boy page turner all the way. I was nervous scared I mean I had all kinds of emotions going on there. I wanted it to end to relieve my stress but was disappointed when it did end. I wanted more!!!!!