Marjorie Swift Doering was whisked away from Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the tender age of ten months when her father bought a golf course in a small town thirty miles away. In the process of growing up at the course, she became a natural people watcher. Having always lived in small towns may explain her love of writing exciting murder mysteries, which engage her readers and keep them thinking.
She graduated with a major in English and a degree in secondary education, but her interest in writing led in other directions. Now retired, she has two, wonderful grown children and an equally wonderful husband. And she still lives in a small town.
Ray Schiller’s personal demons are sucking him down like quicksand, but when the wife of a prominent Minneapolis businessman is the victim of a grisly murder in the couple's lakeside summer home, Ray follows the trail of evidence to the Twin Cities where he joins forces with homicide detective Dick Waverly.
With his own marriage on the verge of disintegration, Ray works to uncover the widower’s carefully guarded personal life. The executive’s plan to take over his father-in-law’s corporation depends on preventing Ray from succeeding.
When the intricate web of secrets and lies starts coming apart, the case is turned on its head as ambition, love and hate result in lethal consequences. After an unthinkable incident makes Ray the subject of a harrowing Internal Affairs investigation, he soon learns the devil is in the details.
Paul Davis, a top ACC executive is found dead in the boardroom of the Minneapolis-based company. The Board of Directors claims it was suicide. And why not? Davis was discovered with a pearl-handled revolver in his hand and a bullet wound to his head.
Detective Ray Schiller and his partner Dick Waverly, however, are far from convinced. Why would Davis kill himself less than twenty-four hours after finally taking over his late father-in-law’s company? The Board and Davis’s successor are quick to provide answers, but their actions suggest they’re hiding something. And they aren’t the only ones keeping secrets—not by a long shot.
Complications infiltrate the investigation as well as Ray’s personal life, and what originally seemed to be a relatively straightforward case takes a turn that puts his and Waverly’s lives in serious jeopardy.