Keith Miles is probably best recognised by readers under the pen name of Edward Marston. He writes several well-received historical mysteries spanning the 11th century through to the 19th century. His website is www.edwardmarston.com
Fans of Lisa Gardner will not be disappointed by her latest thriller. It has the same skyscraper standard are all her work – fiendish plotting, compelling characters, high octane suspense and detailed research that brings a heightened realism.
Thirteen-year -old Sharlah Nash lives with searing memories of the time eight years ago when her elder brother killed their parents in order to save her. Since then she’s drifted from one home to another and has finally found some happiness with Pierce Quincy, a retired FBI profiler, and his wife, Rainie Connor. They’ve even bought her a dog so that she at last has something of her own to love.
Her brother, Telly, then makes a dramatic return into her life. Two people are killed in a convenience store and Telly is caught on camera. When the police go to his home, they find that his foster parents have also been shot and, alarmingly, that the six guns owned by Frank Duvall have disappeared. Frank is known to have taught Telly how to shoot both handguns and rifles. Is the boy on a spree or does he have a grudge against the four victims? He needs to be found quickly and Quincy is brought in as a consultant. When he learns who Telly is, his immediate concern is for Sharlah. Could she also be on her brother’s hit list? While Quincy and Rainie agonise over how to protect the girl, she and the dog run away.
Though the narrative shifts between first and third-person narrative (Sharlah and Telly providing respective versions of their troubled past), it never loses its drive and impact. There are constant twists and turns, all of them both arresting and utterly credible. Quincy and Rainie are accustomed to being in the middle of complex cases but this one is too near home for comfort. It puts them under extreme pressure and makes them question the wisdom of taking someone like Sharlah into their home. Set in Bakersfield, Oregon, the novel brings the local community alive and introduces us to a whole gang of highly individual characters. It also has a lot to say about the very nature of family life and about the power of past crimes to destroy people’s lives.
Lisa Gardner has delivered the goods once again. RIGHT BEHIND YOU will have a deserved place on the bestseller list.