Bitter Truth: A Beacon Falls Mystery Featuring Lucy Guardino
CJ Lyons, author
From New York Times bestselling author CJ Lyons: Former FBI Special Agent Lucy Guardino faces what may be her greatest challenge: turning forty. It’s been some birthday, filled with black balloons and gag gifts, a visit to her surgeon who isn’t happy with the way her leg has healed and suggests amputation as an option “before she gets too old,” and now a missed message from an old friend, a sheriff in a remote region of Idaho’s Bitterroot mountains, who needs her help. Lucy calls back only to learn he’s missing, presumed dead. Was it an accident? Suicide? Murder? The grieving widow and stunned community aren’t sure what the truth is. Accompanied by her husband, Nick, and armed only with her intuition, Lucy journeys into the wilderness to find her friend and solve the mystery. At least that’s the plan. Until Nick ends up in the crosshairs of a killer more cunning and devious than any Lucy has faced before. But what if she is too old, grown too slow, no longer has what it takes to bring down a killer? Will Nick pay the ultimate price for Lucy’s relentless quest for the truth?
Early in Thriller Award–winner Lyons’s entertaining fifth Beacon Falls thriller (after 2017’s Gone Dark), former FBI agent Lucy Guardino checks her phone before heading for bed and finds three missed messages from her old friend Bill Beachey, sheriff of Magruder County, Idaho. This remote mountainous area is known for having “the least miles of paved roads per capita... in the entire US of A” and “the highest concentration of wolves, bighorn sheep, and mountain lions in the lower forty-eight.” When she contacts Bill’s wife, she learns that he has gone missing. Lucy and her husband, Nick, immediately head for Idaho to join the search for the sheriff. “Somewhere in that unrelenting sea of green,” Lucy thinks, “Bill was lost or hurt or being held against his will... or dead.” As Lucy digs deeper, she realizes that Bill may have uncovered a serial killer among the genial local inhabitants. The plot spins along at a good clip, providing a full complement of thrills, but the mystery’s solution is all too evident. (BookLife)