Forensic anthropologist T.J. McCloud has more than enough headaches to deal with, including investigating the source of long-buried bones the town fathers hope are those of pirates and fearing a trusted friend has covered up Balkan war crimes. In Patricia Rice's evocative contemporary novel, McCloud's Woman, McCloud has followed his brother Jared's path to a tiny Carolina beach community in search of privacy to research the bones and find out if the crimes were covered up. The last thing he needs is Patsy Simonetti, the feisty nemesis of his youth, to reappear in his life. She's not the Patsy he remembers. Now calling herself Mara Simon, she's bleached, bobbed, multi-married and determined to prove herself in the volatile world of movie producing. As they tussle over which one should control the use of a tiny plot of land, forces determined to keep the secret of crimes of another war threaten the fragile truce that grows between them. Vigorous storytelling combines with intriguing characters in this fast-paced and fascinating read.

Sandy Huseby writes and reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside in northern Minnesota.

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