When photographer and former Memphis police detective Jackie Lyons finds Sam Loftin's lifeless body in the same location where his daughter died five years earlier, there's no reason to think he didn't kill himself, too. No reason, except Jackie has just seen Sam’s ghost act out the last violent moments of his life.
In investigating his murder, Jackie is drawn into a tumultuous battle between wealthy and powerful suburbanites and a charismatic preacher trying to serve the poor and homeless. But a deeper mystery lurks beneath the petty rivalries and jealousies of a gated community, one that stretches back into the distant past and reaches out to snare the youngest of this generation. A secret so dark, it can only be protected by "The Covenant."
Praise for The Sleeping and the Dead:
“Crook brings the world of the dead and the living together perfectly in this captivating mystery starring one of the most wonderful, unlikely protagonists I’ve come across. You will love her, not in spite of her faults and demons, but because of them.” —Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of Promise Not to Tell and Don’t Breathe a Word
"A fun, spooky ride." —Tom Franklin, Edgar Award-winning author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
“[Crook’s] first mystery sets a high standard.” —Associated Press
"A brave but deeply flawed heroine. A promising series kickoff." —Kirkus Reviews