Los Angeles TV journalist Beatrice Middleton has lost her job. With a possible employment offer in Atlanta, she heads home to Savannah, Georgia, to reconnect with her contentious African-American family, arriving to find that her 15-year-old nephew has been murdered.
This begins the unraveling of a cloak of family secrets surrounding another devastating crime, one that shattered Bea's world when she was a teen. The traumatic memory has been buried so deep it almost feels like it never happened--Almost. Humiliated by Bea years earlier, a psychotic Special Ops vet who makes his living moving heroin and specializing in "wet work" has returned to seek retribution.
Meanwhile, Bea's son Dexter, an aspiring documentary filmmaker, and his friend discover an eye-witness connection to his cousin's homicide. After a rookie attempt at surveilling the perpetrator, the youngsters disappear.
Bea and her brother, Sheriff Luther Middleton--along with their quirky friends and family--work together to find the killer, stop a major drug deal, and rescue Bea's son held hostage in a nightmarish landscape of black water rivers, tidal creeks, and drug-fueled cruelty.
About the Author
Sue Hinkin is a former college administrator, television news photographer and NBC-TV art department staffer. With a B.A. from St. Olaf College, she completed graduate work at the University of Michigan and was a Cinematography Fellow at the American Film Institute. A long-time L.A. resident, she now lives with her family in Littleton, Colorado. The Burn Patient is her third novel. Other books in the series are Low Country Blood, and Deadly Focus.
A spirited reporter dealing with her past and helping police solve a murder in the family makes this novel hard to put down. -- Kirkus Review
Author Sue Hinkin hits the ground running in her second novel, Low Country Blood. From the initial murder, to an Afghani heroin cartel, to a kidnapping by one of the cartel henchmen who turns out to be a sadistic killer with history in Savannah, Hinkin keeps the story moving with intense action and gripping plot twists. She has either done her research or has a cop in the family, as her descriptions of police procedure and communication seem spot-on -- not overly gritty, nor super high-tech. Savannah and its Southern charm is also given its due here. The author's lovely descriptions of the dancing crepe myrtles, the pungent smell of pluff mud, and the sound of corn popping when walking on tabby sidewalks bring Savannah to life. Her affinity for the people and understanding of Savannah's deep, tangled cultural roots give the book its unmistakable heart. -- Colorado Book Review