From the ashes of the past, a voice cries out for justice...
Still recovering both physically and emotionally from the
brutal murder of her husband, financial consultant Bay
Tanner finds herself enmeshed in crime when a shirttail
cousin Mercer Mary Prescott drops disastrously into her
Jailed for vagrancy, Mercer appeals to Bay's father, a
wheelchair-bound retired judge. Vulnerable one moment, sly
and secretive the next, the scruffy young woman seems
obsessed with the history of Bay's aristocratic family. Her
prying is interrupted, however, when she is hauled from the
Judge's antebellum mansion and charged with trespassing at
a nearby nuclear facility.
Bay's relief at the departure of her meddlesome cousin is
short-lived as a procession of dangerous characters come
gunning for Mercer, now on the run after escaping from her
police escort. When Bay's housekeeper is viciously
attacked, she launches her own search, enlisting the aid of
computer wizard Erik Whiteside and her brother-in-law,
sheriff's deputy Red Tanner. As the body count rises and
Bay finds herself confronted by a group of ruthless anti-
nuke fanatics, only Mercer can explain the connection
between the terrors of the present and the long-buried
secrets of Perditon House.
Like the two previous Bay Tanner novels, Perdition House is
an original and complex mystery filled with the
breathtaking beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry and
the unique social customs of a Southern aristocracy still
clinging tenaciously to its traditions.