Losing Her Parents All Over Again
November 26, 2010
Set in Rose, Kansas, The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard brings together a familiar place with an atypical murder mystery. Jody Linder is shocked to find that Billy Crosby, the man convicted of murdering her parents in 1986, has been released from prison, and she wants to know why. She may have been only three years old, but Jody still remembers parts of what happened that fateful night. Her family has always insisted that Billy is guilty, and had plenty of motives to kill her father outright and kidnap her mother who is assumed dead. So, how was his sentence commuted? Billy’s son Collin, a lawyer, has spent most of his adult life trying to prove his father’s innocence, and has found that there was not enough evidence to prosecute, but that would challenge everything Jody believes about her parents’ deaths.
In the days that follow his release, the Linder family must confront the possibility that Billy Crosby is not guilty, and deal with the realization that someone else is. As Jody struggles with the memories of losing her parents all over again, she must open herself to the idea that everything she has ever thought she knew about her parents and their death may not be entirely true.
Nancy Pickard is a local author who lives in Merriam, Kansas and has written several novels that have earned nominations for the Edgar Award and many other accolades. Her additional titles are available in the MCPL catalog.
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