Though he has spent the last six months in a close
relationship with Evie Banyon, attorney Brady Coyne knows
little about his significant other. They drive to Cape Cod
to spend the weekend together. That night in an Eastham
restaurant, Evie notices Larry Scott, a man she feels is
stalking her even if his actions fail to meet the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts' definition of a stalker.
They have public incidents in the restaurant and outside in
the parking lot.
The next morning, Evie goes out running while Brady
sleeps a little longer in their isolated cabin until she
comes across Larry's corpse. Brady realizes that he and
Evie are prime suspects as they each had the means,
motives, and opportunity, especially Evie, for murdering
Larry. After lengthy, but separate interrogations by the
police, Evie and Brady return home. Over the next week he,
her boss, and the police try to call Evie, but she
vanished. Brady wonders if she fled because she killed
Larry or did the killer abduct her? Unable to let her go,
Brady begins to search for Evie.
William G. Tapply provides fans of the amateur sleuth
tale with a powerful entry in PAST TENSE. The story line
is taut as Brady wonders what is going on with Evie even as
he understands law enforcement procedures. He makes the
tale work in such a fabulously tense way that fans will
seek past Coyne tales (see SCAR TISSUE) by an author on the
way to the top of the genre.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 13, 2001