Eric promises his dying mother he will continue her search for his brother, who was presumed to have drowned the night men first walked on the moon. Keeping what he sees as a futile promise, he returns to his small hometown, hires an ex-cop specializing in cold cases, and discovers his high-school sweetheart is now the police chief. Eric’s mom, obsessed with the loss of her son, left clues that prove the boy’s death wasn’t an accident, but actually the work of a serial killer. All the secrets this small town kept come into the open, including the mayor’s gay tryst with a former astronaut. Beautifully plotted and compellingly written, this book is a must for any serious mystery reader. Available October 11 from Minotaur Books (minotaurbooks.com). —Review: Angel Curtis
EDITOR’S NOTE: Todd Ritter will be signing his book at Houston’s Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet Street, on Saturday, October 22, at 4:30 p.m. More info: murderbooks.com or 713/524-8597.