"Fast-paced amateur sleuth"
After leaving the marines due to an exercise scandal
leaving seven soldiers dead, former drill Sergeant Fielding
Smallwood accompanied by his family relocates in Beaufort,
South Carolina. Fielding almost immediately starts an
affair with a local widow even as his wife Lena is dying.
His adult children detest Fielding, who has treated his
family like he did his units, but feels they are his
failures. His son Hank returns home after doing the worst
deed by going AWOL two years ago. His youngest daughter
Claire is a loser divorcee with three children. His other
son Ashby is an unacceptable gay. Finally, Fielding blames
all his trouble on his fourth child Georgie.
They become even angrier with him when, without consulting
his four adult children, Fielding has his spouse taken off
life-support. As the children commiserate with one
another, they all wish Fielding was dead. They got what
they asked for as someone murders the former marine. Law
enforcement believes that one or more of his children
committed the crime with Claire being the one arrested.
This leaves it up to Georgie to uncover the truth because
she cannot accept that brittle Claire had the iron to kill
HIGH WATER is more than just a fast-paced amateur sleuth
mystery. The story line focuses on a dysfunctional
southern family struggling with self-images and
interrelationships, of which none of the siblings seem
capable of maintaining. The story line is fast-paced as
expected from a Lynn Hightower tale, but the plot clearly
belongs to the Smallwood family, as the author strips their
souls bare for the audience to understand them inside a
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 15, 2002