Michael Chambers has come home to Austin, Texas. To the mother who’s starting a new life and the brother driven by old jealousies. To the places he remembers and the memories he can’t forget. And to Rachel, the woman he married and then betrayed with his passion for gambling. Now she’s together with Tommy Dundee, a man no one trifles with. He takes care of her in a way Michael never could, but there’s a price for his attention and Rachel knows this. And when Michael devises a plan to get Rachel out from under Tommy’s control, they become entangled in a web of intrigue, danger and desire from which no one escapes unscathed.
Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years, ago Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady’s rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a document from his illiterate client that could have gotten him acquitted. Now, the cagey, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss.