Sometimes life takes a sharp turn and when losing someone it is hard to let go. Dean Wister has visions within his dreams of his wife coming back to him at night and resuming their love in their own unique way. In real life he is forced to come to terms with her death and when he can’t he is put on paid leave or vacation until his summer vacation in Jackson Hole, where he met Sara, is the root of a case that he local police need his assistance to solve. Chicago mobster Edward Torino is found dead at the bottom of Snake River. What precipitated the murder, who was behind it and what made the hit man murder another local citizen named Jordy? Themes run high in this novel as love, sex, power, corruption and control are just some of what Dean will encounter while another plot is brewing. Tom McGraw is running for president and Dean’s investigation might not be what his man needs and what he learns about many powerful suspects living in this area might change the outcome of the election and the complexion of the
Dean meets with Mark the local sheriff who deputizes him and gives him free reign to run the investigation while still focused on the nighttime visits that appear to him real, with his late wife Sara. Why does he question what is real and not? What about his life’s direction?
Hayden Smith, is a real estate broker whose assistant Jordy is murdered but where is Hayden and why do so many not care? Living in Wyoming and quite handsome and definitely the most wanted single man in town, not really concerned about his love them and leave them attitude, was he a victim of the same killer?
Dean next finds himself having to deal with a man who sells young Russian Immigrant girls whose parents paid him good money to get them to America in order to go to college. But, scams happen all the time and these girls would soon find out the truth behind why they are here. Next, he sees a man who is being cruel to his dog and explains why it better discontinue. But, will it? Boris Birak is a mobster who launders money, drugs and is a local crime lord who just might know what happened to Jordy and Hayden Smith. Murder, politics, a presidential candidate in the hot seat and a UTUBE video going viral that could end it all even before the election.
Dean Wister is a strong character with morals, values and is persistent in wanting to find out what is behind the doors of Boris’s house and what is really going on. Human trafficking, prostitution, betrayals, loyalties, hope for a new life, and will Dean finally come to terms with losing Sara and move on?
Dean finds himself facing the dog abuser and what he does is perfect and priceless and he has a new pet named Cheney as his own. The investigation takes him deep inside the mob interviewing Boris Birvok and wanting to learn more about Mario Rosati and his operations. But, of course he gets stonewalled every step of the way and even his veiled threats do not break this man’s loyalties to this mobster.
While this is happening the election and the press releases including interviews take the spotlight and McGraw seems to be growing in popularity in some areas and not in others. Things take an unusual turn when learning more about McGraw and his friend Charlie who is the Chairman and CEO of Prairie Bankcorp and his avid fund raiser and much more. Linked to each other and both being blackmailed by Rosati when asked to hire Mario Jr, Charlie is caught between a rock and a hard place and cannot refuse this mobster. But, there is much more when we learn the true fate of the young girls whose parents thought they were here to get an education but in reality were sold into prostitution and human trafficking and much more.
Daryl Fay is no good and his girlfriend Amber is dense being used as a whore to get money to fund a business he claims they will run when they have enough. Daryl is linked to Mario and Boris and when caught and questioned by Dean, the lie detector test he takes proves he’s a liar. So, will the let it go because he took it voluntarily or will he turn and tell it all to the police? Added in Tatiana escapes and finds her way to Dean who uses his influence to get her to a save house but Boris and Mario have eyes all over.
Daryl is placed in many situations that he has no choice to endure and when Boris sends him to a room with one girl he has no choice but to comply with what is expected. Speaking with the Sheriff and explaining the situation about the girls who might be illegally here why does he tell him to deal with the death of Jordy Smith and back off of this case?
Mario Sr. has his own network of bank accounts and corporations at one of the largest international banks in Chicago, the one owned by Charles Kidwell and until he and McGraw as they say fell into his lap and the information he learned about both of them came to him well pictures or videos speak for themselves. Mario Jr. is smart but a loaded cannon like his father and when Senior tells Charlie to hire him in an executive position he has not choice. But, just how long with it last and what will his job be?
When Dean approaches Charlie and lets him know that he is aware of something he has been hiding and that Charlotte the woman the Senator is seeing behind closed doors is not his sister, what is revealed will shock readers and voters if the true be told.
Favors, bribes, drugs, human trafficking and a man named Robbie Benz that was not only the Mayor of Alpine but he owned The Grandest Tetons frequented by the rich and was the largest contributor of any municipal business to the property and sales of revenue. The girls working for him were nothing more than horses in a stable, they being the stable. Amber was about to become victim to something so horrendous and awful when this man requests her presence and more.
Dean is still fighting with his emotions regarding the death of Sara and when having to finally face where he belongs and if he can go back to his old roots and job in Chicago the scene that the author created is heartbreaking and Dean has to make a choice of Chicago of Jackson Hole. But, things spiral out of control and he causes a death when attacked and the video shows he might be innocent so why does Dan Cody throw him off of the case?
Hayden Smith is sleeping the another man’s soon to be ex-wife. Eliza is his whole life and when Cody feels he is responsible for the death of Jordy, Dean comes to him to try and prove Hayden is innocent. The chief of police, the FBI and many agencies will come into play before the truth behind the murder and who Torino was and why he was sent to kill someone but who? A powerful story of a man with conflicting views about where his life is going, how he when his wife does not appear in his nightly dreams and the end result of who killed Jordy, was he the intended victim and the explosive ending will shock readers. Murder, drugs, lies, deceits, betrayals, moving on in life, second guessing someone’s actions, prostitution, human trafficking and loyalties in unusual places are just some of the issues and one more powerful one: Gay marriage and gay rights : the right to choose your own partner and the right to decide for yourself after all this is America! Will McGraw win the election? What happens when he is put on the spot during an on air interview? What happens when his personal life becomes public? What will Dean decide when two branches of law want him to serve their towns? What will he decide when he looks up at THE GRAND!
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine