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When the mutilated body of a black man is found
hanging from a tree in Mackinac County 275 miles away across the wild
Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Porcupine County Sheriff Steve Martinez is
bailiwick is ninety-nine per cent white, and the victim,
veteran, had just been acquitted by an all-white jury in the rape of a
white woman. Steve had feared racial repercussions after the verdict,
and suspects bigotry led to the violent death of Billy Gibbs.
But a mystery surrounds the victim himself. How could an ordinary truck
mechanic just out of the service possess such a large bankroll? Why was
he so concerned about
the well-being of his brand-new, tricked-out pickup truck?
Steve is severely shorthanded, but to shine light on Gibbs and to find
his killer—or killers—Steve and Sheriff Selena Novikovich, his
counterpart in Mackinac County, dig deep into the case. With the help
of their deputies, several state troopers, a retired FBI agent who must
fend off a hostile CIA, and a military police colonel willing to put
his career on the line for the comrade who saved his life in Iraq, the
two sheriffs doggedly track the clues across five states.
The cops turn up another murder as well as a clutch of fervent
neo-Nazis, one of whom is a gorgeous but vicious woman whose sexual
proclivities rival those in Fifty
Shades of Grey.
The Riddle of Billy Gibbs
vividly explores an increasingly troubling side of American life.