S. R. Reynolds has never forgotten the mishandled case of fifteen-year-old Michelle Anderson, a vibrant beauty who went missing from Reynolds’ Knoxville, Tennessee, neighborhood years earlier. Aided by her old professor, famed forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass–founder of the University of Tennessee’s “Body Farm”–Reynolds picks up the trail of this long-cold case.
As she presses neglected pieces of the puzzle into place, Reynolds unearths a string of heinous kidnappings and rapes across the South, crimes that span decades. She meets with victims and investigators. A picture begins to form. Patterns appear. And all evidence points to one man: convicted sex offender Larry Lee Smith.
As a result of Reynolds’ efforts, the Knoxville Police Department reopens the cold case of Michelle’s disappearance, but Larry Lee is about to be released from a Georgia prison, where he served time for a related crime–a “similar transaction.” What transpires in this story is amazing on many levels.