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Lack of Candor
Carson Reno Mystery Series, Book 18
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
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It’s spring 1962, and a sergeant with the Memphis Police Department is found dead only hours before his scheduled testimony before a grand jury. Was it suicide, or was it murder? What was he going to testify about? A handwritten note left by the sergeant and addressed to the district attorney disappears.
A famous author is murdered, Carson is at the scene of the crime and considered a prime suspect - but he doesn’t remember anything! Missing manuscripts, a missing diary, and strange stories from the past bring an unusual group of characters together in this tangled web of deceit, blackmail, and murder. The mystery travels from Memphis to New Orleans, while Carson works to prove his innocence - without success.
Somehow the missing brother is linked to a gangster who has stolen thousands from the mafia, but that link isn’t clear. Carson’s search doesn’t turn up the brother, but it does turn up a body - the body of a gangster who was on a mission of murder. It seems that the Memphis Mafia and the Memphis Police are also searching for his client’s brother. Finding him first becomes a real priority.
An ex-Memphis cop and a friend of Carson is in trouble – but what kind of trouble? While trying to answer that question, Carson finds more questions - and all with no answers. What Carson also finds is trouble coming from all directions. The Mafia, the Teamsters Union, an unhappy sheriff, and some very rough characters are all looking for his friend, and Carson is in the middle of this mess.
Carson's feud with a local crime reporter continues, and then suddenly the husband of his client is brutally murdered - a husband he's been hired to investigate. Mysterious characters weave a web of blackmail and suspense while leaving Carson with more clients than he can handle. The Memphis police have warned Carson to back off, but an employee of a friend is missing from a murder scene, and he's determined to find her and the killer.
Is this the end of Carson Reno? Has he finally reached the end of the road - his 'Dead End'? Is this Carson's last adventure? While trying to protect a client for Jack Logan, Carson finds himself in the middle of a family feud - a deadly feud with skeletons and bodies hidden in all the family closets. Murder, blackmail, infidelity, counterfeit money and, of course, the Mafia send Carson in search of a client that doesn't want to be found. In fact, finding the client could turn out to be the worst solution for Carson Reno and his friends.
Jack Sloan, an ex-Miami cop turned private detective, is in serious trouble. Down on his luck with a gambling addiction that threatens to shred the new leaf he's turned over, his debts to drug dealers are about to get him the beating of his life, or worse. Life in the concrete jungle isn't easy, and Jack contemplates taking drastic action until a knock on his office door makes all his troubles disappear. He suddenly has a new client with a simple problem and loads of money to resolve it - or that's how it seems.
The racial problems of 1962 have found their way to the small West Tennessee town of Humboldt. A white woman has been brutally murdered, and one of Carson's childhood friends has been accused of the crime. Carson's friend is a colored man who once worked for his grandfather, but the accusations and problems extend beyond the crime and to the heart of this small community.
Carson's closest friends are enjoying a Caribbean cruise vacation when one of the cruise guests turns up missing. Missing is one of Humboldt's well known and prominent attorneys, and foul play is suspected. Mary Ellen Maxwell might have unknowingly witnessed the crime and needs Carson's protection. Something is seriously wrong - the Mafia has become the target of an unknown adversary and they are scared. Bad guys are turning up dead and the missing attorney could be a part of it. After all, he was heavily involved in defending the Memphis Mafia.
The year is 1962 and Carson Reno, once again, gets himself into situations that would be better left alone. A Memphis client hires Carson to prove infidelity, but instead he finds corruption and murder going all the way to the top of Memphis politics. A Jack Logan client investigation takes him back to Humboldt looking into automobile fraud, which lands him smack in the middle of a murder. Not just any murder, but the murder of a local beauty queen - one who seemed to have too many enemies for a girl her age.
The year is 1962 and this small west Tennessee town has been turned upside down by a labor strike at its main manufacturing plant. It seems that, as result of the strike, some very serious underworld crime problems have surfaced in Humboldt. A small-town sheriff and small-town chief of police have their hands full dealing with the strike - when the worst happens. One of the principal figures surrounding the labor problems is murdered.
One of Humboldt's well-known horse breeders is brutally murdered, then left to burn in his barn along with his prized stallions. A Jack Logan client has been accused of the murder and Carson has been called in to investigate. However, getting to the truth is proving to be a real challenge. It seems no one, not even the accused, is capable of telling the truth. Greed, lust, infidelity, half-truths, and the Memphis Mafia all seem to be involved - somehow. Sorting out the pieces and finding the real murderer will be a monumental task.
Carson’s investigative work for Attorney Jack Logan runs smack into the path of the largest law firm in West Tennessee. Trying to stay out of their path only succeeds in putting Carson in the crosshairs of lawyers who want him out of the way. Power struggles, infidelity, organized crime and eventually murder all appear to be somehow linked to this powerful law firm – McCabe, McCabe, Clark and Lewis.