Scott Butler

Scott Butler grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  He graduated from LSU, went on to earn a doctorate in English at Duke University, and taught literature and film at a community college in eastern Virginia for many years.  Since his early retirement he has devoted his time to writing and to participating in a grassroots effort to preserve Fort Monroe, a former Army post of deep historic significance.  He and his wife, Susan, live in Blacksburg, Virginia.


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Cynthia Westbrook, Harris County sheriff’s investigator, suddenly has a lot to deal with. A special friend is very ill, and to her regret she was less than gracious regarding his final request. On top of that, a bombing and a suicide occur only a day apart. Suspecting the two crimes are linked, she sets out to connect them–against her boss’s wishes. And in trying to discover the truth, she puts everything at risk: her job, her relationship with the man she loves, and ultimately her life.