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Combustion (Paperback) (Martin J. Smith)
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From the author of The Disappeared Girl: The past cannot be erased—it cannot be buried—but it can burn.From the mansion on the hill to a shallow, muddy grave, Paul Dwyer lorded over Los Colmas, developing property for the extremely wealthy, choking the life out of the once-small town. The list of people who had a reason to kill him is almost more than local cop Ron Starke to handle, especially because the name at the top of that list is Dwyer’s own wife, Shelby. When they went to school together, Ron put Shelby on a pedestal. Now he may have to place her in custody.Shelby knows more than she’s letting on about her husband. She’s kept his secrets for decades, from the shadiness of some of his real estate deals to the horrific abuse she and her daughter endured at his hands. But buried in with those secrets are a few of her own, including her own past and what she knows about her husband’s grisly murder.Starke feels the pressure from all sides—from his boss who wants this case solved immediately, to a wildfire that is approaching Los Colmas, threatening to erase all traces of the town, as well as all evidence into who killed Paul Dwyer.Master of psychological suspense Martin J. Smith takes readers into a web of secrets and lies, to uncover the answer to the question of what do you do when your past cannot be erased, cannot be destroyed, and cannot be ignored?