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Crimes of Redemption
by Linda McDonald

Published: 2012-10-30
Hardcover : 312 pages
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When a burglary goes bad, the end result is not one but two men dead. Gayla Early knows who did the first murder but now she's wanted for the second ... and it turns out her supposed victim is the most powerful man in town, the same man she blames for the first murder and for holding her hostage for...
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Introduction

When a burglary goes bad, the end result is not one but two men dead. Gayla Early knows who did the first murder but now she's wanted for the second ... and it turns out her supposed victim is the most powerful man in town, the same man she blames for the first murder and for holding her hostage for two years. Albert Raeder may be dead, but he wields power from the grave thanks to the good ol boys he left behind. His buddies want someone to pay for his death. And Gayla looks good for taking the fall. That is until a crotchety recluse and a Viet Nam vet-turned-sheriff team up on her behalf, an unlikely alliance that will change all their lives forever.

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SHERIFF MAYNARD WAS barely out of sight when Gayla secretly slipped an Oklahoma state map she had seen on Willie’s desk under her bed sheets. It was time, as they said in the Old West, to get out of Dodge. The sheriff’s questions had spooked her. Figured, just as she was feeling a bit safe, the world had closed in again. He knows, she thought. Or if he doesn’t, he will in no time. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1. Is it ever too late to discover who you really are? How doe someone recognize their authentic self?

2. How do we judge people? By their reputations? Appearances? Bank accounts? Have you ever paid a price for judging someone based on your first impression of them?

3. In a world where almost everyone has access to 24/7 cable news and the Internet, do small towns still operate in isolation, suspicious of outsiders, especially those who threaten the status quo? If so, is this the nature of all small towns? Or just some? Or do small towns judge locals by the same yardstick they do strangers?

4. How far would you go if you believed someone was unjustly accused?

5. Do you feel everyone is redeemable? Who would or wouldn’t qualify for a second chance in your book?

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