In the latest Virgil Flowers investigation, we follow the detective as he investigates the bludgeoning death of a soybean farmer by a local teen. When the teenager is then found hanging in his cell, a victim himself of a murderous prison guard who in turn is found dead under suspicious circumstances, Flowers has his hands full proving these where all murders not accidents or suicides.
The ensuing investigation brings to the fore a religious organization, World of Spirit, Teutonic in its nature and calling, that has been ongoing since its conception over a hundred years ago when German immigrants settled in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. At the core of its beliefs are home-schooling, segregation from the outside world and inter-family marriages. In modern times, this has led to incest, wife swapping, and with the introduction of pornography on the Internet, sexual perversion. Flowers is able to tie in the death of a teenage girl, a sect member, who was suspected of being a prostitute, into the other three murders and all hell breaks loose.
As more and more perversions are discovered as cult members scramble to cover their tracks, Flowers and the local sheriff, Lee Coakley, are carrying on their own tumble-in-the–bed affair behind the scenes, trying to keep that out of the view of the small town gossips.
A rough and tumble sexy page-turner of a thriller that will keep you involved and engaged with each turn of the page.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Hiking is good for the soul. It helps center one’s life. And so it was that Strayed took off at a moment’s notice to conquer her fears, depression to hike the Pacific Coastal Trail (PCT) the trail that spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to the Canadian Border, crossing through California, Oregon and Washington.
For Strayed it was not so much the distance she hiked but he distance she was away from real life. Starting in Modesto, CA she made it through ice fields, rock falls, bear and the occasional rattlesnake to the far side of Oregon. With all the physical difficulties of hiking, from sore muscles and broken feet to the extra precautions any young woman hiking on her own has to face the journey was accomplished and life began anew.
I was very pleasantly drawn into this story of accomplishment having hike the PCT’s eastern cousin the Appalachian Trail, under similar circumstances, about ten years ago and so many times I found myself nodding or uttering agreement to the trials and tribulations Strayed voiced. It was quite the mini flash-back and I really enjoyed basking with her on her backpacking journey.
Like those before and those to come this life’s journey was one of abolishing one’s fears and striving for a new beginning.