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The Covenant

The Covenant

A Mystery

Jackie Lyons Mystery (Volume 2)

Jeff Crook

Minotaur Books

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Jackie Lyons investigates a father's mysterious death, in the second installment of her ghostly mystery series

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."

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I WAS PARKED IN FRONT OF THE liquor store at the corner of Poplar and Highland, about to stick a fat envelope in a mailbox in the hope that my photos of the dead and their uniformed attendants might earn me a fat government check....

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Praise for The Covenant

“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, on The Sleeping and the Dead

“A fun, spooky ride.” —Tom Franklin, Edgar Award-winning author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, on The Sleeping and the Dead

“[Crook's] first mystery sets a high standard.” —Associated Press on The Sleeping and the Dead

“A brave but deeply flawed heroine. A promising series kickoff.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Sleeping and the Dead

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Jeff Crook

JEFF CROOK is the author of The Sleeping and the Dead. He lives in Mississippi with his wife and two sons. This is his second mystery.

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