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The Music of What Happens (1996)
by John Straley
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553572059, Mass Market Paperback)"I never find the smoking gun or the lead pipe with the bloody fingerprints on it, because everyone is looking for those. I find everything else, everything that has been left in the overturned rooms: the surface that wasn't blood-spattered, the dust on the knickknacks and family photo albums, but not on the exceptionally clean retirement plaque; the music on the radio in the empty hallway after everyone has been taken to jail or the morgue. I do this because there is always trace evidence of innocence, and innocence is largely overlooked, even by a man oiling a gun with a child crying in the background on the day before a killing." That voice is so original it can only belong to Straley, who introduced us to Alaskan investigator Cecil Younger in The Woman Who Married a Bear and The Curious Eat Themselves. This time out, Younger is trying to help the sister of an old girlfriend keep custody of her little boy. The wealthy, powerful family she has married into says she's unstable, an unsuitable mother -- but their opposition has sinister roots.
(retrieved from Amazon Fri, 22 Apr 2011 11:18:30 -0400)
In Alaska, a child custody fight leads to murder. The story begins when a mother accuses a state senator of conspiracy with her ex-husband to deny her custody of their child. She confronts the senator, he is killed and she is arrested. But did she do it, or did someone frame her? PI Younger investigates. By the author of The Woman Who Married a Bear.
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