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Redemption Lake
Tucson, Arizona 1989 – Eighteen-year-old Matt Garrison is harboring two terrible secrets: his involvement in the drowning death of his 12-year-old cousin, and a night of drunken sex with his best friend’s mother, Crystal, whom he finds dead the following morning. Guilt forces Matt to act on impulse and hide his involvement with Crystal.   Detective Winston Radhauser knows Matt is hiding something. But as the investigation progresses, Radhauser’s attention is focused on Matt’s father. Matt’s world closes in when his dad is arrested for Crystal’s murder and Travis breaks off their friendship. Despite his father’s guilty plea, Matt knows his dad is innocent and only trying to protect his son. Devastated and bent on self-destruction, Matt heads for the lake where his cousin died—the only place he believes can truly free him. Are some secrets better left buried? \tRedemption Lake is a novel of love and betrayal. It’s about truth and lies, friendship and redemption, about assuming responsibility, and the risks a father and son will take to protect each other.   

Redemption Lake is a detective story, but more. It is about the effect of a outrageous act of murder on the living. A boy's struggle to find himself after being seduced into the world of adult secrets is central to the story though everyone in the circle of family and acquaintances is effected. Love, responsibility to protect others, and new and old guilts drag at this sensitive eighteen year old. Adults talk at him, but no one knows what he faces. His courage and his eventual moral triumph are contrasted with an esteemed ethics and philosophy professor's failures. This man is the father whom the boy has admired and to whom he has given his loyalty. The question, "Who are you?" looms in the minds of both father and son. The answers make this a memorable and significant novel.
It is a very satisfying read although as it deals with issues as searingly primal as a profound Greek drama. Ultimately, it is also a testament to the human spirit and the heights that the best of us may reach.