A man's death in the Smoky Mountains raises the suspicions of his estranged wife in this suspenseful novel by a New York Timesbestselling author. Vietnam veteran David Hallam is in Tennessee working as an arson investigator for an insurance company when he sends his wife, Karen, an unnerving note: ';If anything happens to me down here, don't let it pass as an accident ...' Ten days later, he dies in a fire and the only thing Karen can feel is guiltfor all the years she wasted in an unsalvageable marriage and for the relief she feels at finally having the sadistic and abusive man out of her life. But despite all that transpired between them, Karen leaves New York City for Belle Isle, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, to bury her husband. Once there, Karen can finally put the past to restor so she thinks. Instead, she is drawn into a tangled and deadly web of disputed fortune, family jealousy, conspiracy, adultery, and murder. A New York Timesbestselling author and recipient of the Edgar and Agatha Awards, ';Phyllis Whitney is, and always will be, the Grand Master of her craft' (Barbara Michaels). This ebook features an illustrated biography of Phyllis A. Whitney including rare images from the author's estate.