Baker & Taylor
Living in the small Southern town of her childhood after being fired from her big-city law firm, attorney Avery Andrews is called in by high-profile lawyer Jake Baker to assist in a case in Charleston, South Carolina, but the job becomes serious when a young doctor is found dead, a prostitute vanishes, and a suicidal gunman goes on a shooting rampage. By the author of Southern Fried. Reprint.McMillan Palgrave
The delightful Avery Andrews of Malice Domestic winner Southern Fried comes out of hiding to face a big-city trial--and finds unpleasant surprises…Baker
TAKE FOUR PILLS A DAY--
A chance to be a part of a headline-grabbing case against a drug company has lured attorney Avery Andrews back to Charleston, South Carolina. She agrees to meet with Mark Tilman, a young doctor from her home town who seems to have something on his mind. When he doesn't show, she figures he stood her up and takes comfort in the stilt restaurant's she-crab soup. But it turns out he had a fatal car accident. Something about the crash isn't right, and Mark's father asks Avery to look into his death. Between that and digging up dirt on the wonder drug Uplift, Avery is coming up with more questions than answers.
Of course, Avery isn't the only one making headlines. Back in Dacus, her mom is on live television confronting a teenager's dynamite-toting paramour in a hostage crisis at the Burger Hut, Great-Aunt Aletha is mixing it up with the now-toupee-less postman, and the son of a ghost wants vengeance. In short, it's life as usual back in Dacus, while in Charleston, Avery is forced to face demons from her own past…
"[A] richly atmospheric second novel...finely crafted."
"Pickens, a lawyer and teacher with deep roots in the Carolinas, balances the dark and light aspects of the subgenre adeptly, and almost always manages to avoid corn and sentimentality."
Living in the small Southern town of her childhood after being fired from her big-city law firm, attorney Avery Andrews is called in to assist in a case in Charleston, South Carolina, but the job becomes serious when a young doctor is found dead.