True-crime writer Harrison Weaver says: “I returned to North Carolina’s Outer Banks seeking peace and quiet. I was tired of writing about scumbags. I wanted to walk along the beaches, loaf a bit, and fish and maybe eat at some of my favorite restaurants from years ago. Murder was the last thing I wanted to think about. It was not on the agenda. In that I was wrong. Dead wrong.”
“Joseph Terrell knows the Outer Banks—its geography, its quirks, its people and their foibles. Well conceived and well written, TIDE OF DARKNESS is a smart, savvy combination of who-done-it and police procedural. A welcome new entry to the Southern mystery tradition.”
—Kathryn R. Wall, author, the Bay Tanner mysteries
Single mom Mary Ann Little, a reporter with a weekly newspaper near the Outer Banks, is horrified to learn that her friend from the library, young Becky Thurston, has been brutally murdered. As Mary Ann delves deeper into the death, she uncovers Becky’s addiction to powerful prescription opioids, which began in an innocent attempt to ease her back pain. Obviously, someone has been helping her feed her addiction….
Outer Banks crime writer Harrison Weaver takes on the task of trying to solve a very old case–the disappearance twenty-two years earlier of nine-year-old Luanne Wright. There seems to be no leads at all into what happen to Luanne, the sister of Chief Deputy Odell Wright, who has long obsessed with trying to find out the fate of his little sister. But when the “Bear Woman,” who had befriended black bears on the mainland near North Carolina’s Outer Banks, is found dead in what appears to be a bear attack, Harrison and his SBI Agent friend Ballsford Twiddy and Deputy Wright, unearth a connection that might shed light on the young girl’s disappearance decades earlier….
When Mary Ann Little returns to the Tracks Community Theater for the first time since her husband’s untimely onstage death, she is horrified to discover the body of young Sarah Atkins backstage. Mary Ann is convinced that Sarah’s death was no accident, but everyone, including the chief of police, seems reluctant to discuss the possibility that someone in small-town Camford Courthouse is a killer…