George Becket, age 22, is on spring break and is invited to a party at the Senator’s house on Cape Cod. Here he witnesses a rape and does nothing. Three years later there is a murder of a young woman and once again the Senator’s family is involved. Becket has learned over the years that acquiescing to the powerful reaps its rewards, and that disturbing the status quo brings its problems. Now, nine years after the murder, he is an assistant district attorney and is accosted by the dead woman’s father, urged to investigate and to find the killer.
Walter gives us a vivid portrayal of how you can sell your soul by merely remaining silent when faced with corruption. He also shows us, dramatically, how aligning oneself with those who use power to influence, manipulate and control puts you in the company of those where no one is trustworthy.
There are twists, turns and betrayals on almost every page. Walker is a talented writer; the book is a quick read in spite of being over 400 pages.