What does a mother owe her child? How far will she go for her child's sake? For funeral director Blair Emerson, no sacrifice is too great as she strives to build a stable life for her teenage daughter. Abducted as a toddler and recovered eleven years later, Brandi is a troubled girl, scarred by a traumatic childhood, and driven by obsessions. But stability is lost when Brandi's life with her abductors becomes the subject of a true crime book, and then grist for the tabloid mill. Outraged at her daughter's exploitation, Blair is nevertheless powerless to stop it. When a stranger appears in Live Oak, Blair discovers that Anna Mitchell is not who she claims to be. Blair's determination to expose the imposter turns desperate when the woman snaps bizarre pictures of Brandi-photos that, if published, will expose the vulnerable girl to shame and ridicule. But Blair's desperate pursuit to retrieve the photos puts her on a collision course with two Houston men. Taylor McFadden is a young man set on revenge. But career criminal Rylie Thorp is after something far worse.39. Live. Oak, . Texas. Thorp. walked along a creek bank. The sun had set. Moonlight lit his path. Wild onions grew along the bank. The scent permeated the cool air. The lane leading from Southworth Road died near the creek. The red Chevy truck was parked in the shadows of an oak grove about fifty yards ahead.
|Title||:||The Stain of Guilt|
|Publisher||:||iUniverse - 2004-04|