Lizzie Randall, the preacher's pretty daughter, has been discovered brutally murdered. The young Mexican boy Paco Morales is found close to the scene making him a convenient scapegoat to hang for the heinous crime. When the town drunkard Willie Turner claims that Morales is innocent, Sheriff Ward Vincent is forced to investigate the heinous crime more closely. As his investigation progresses, the dark underbelly of the small western town is exposed, and the guilty seem to outnumber the innocent.
Bill Crider is the winner of two Anthony Awards and an Edgar Award Finalist. An English teacher for many years-at both collegiate and high school level-he's published more than seventy-five Western, crime and horror novels. He lives with his wife in Alvin, Texas.