Two of John Hart's first three novels have won the Edgar award. That's quite an accomplishment for any writer, especially one who is new in the field. His writing style comes close to the tremendous level. The fly in the ointment here is the same to me as it was with his previous novel: the long arm of coincidence stretches too far. The number of people in a small town directly involved in the plot goes unnecessarily over the top. I like twists in mystery books as much as the next guy, but there are enough here to dance by. I really think one day John Hart is going to write a novel that will put him way up on the bestsellers list. He's getting there.