The second book in Crider's "Truman Smith" series. Between the first and second book, the body of Smith's sister has been found, leaving him feeling a bit more depressed (though at least he knows that she is dead). When a dead gator is found on the property of a family's friend, Smith is asked to investigate. Soon, there's human bodies, and a suspicious deputy sheriff who doesn't like outsiders.
Why are there rumors of cattle rustlers? Are the murders tied to rumors of a government land buy for a park? And who is driving the black 4WD vehicle that tires to run Smith down?
This is a nice follow up to the first book, though in ways it is more reminiscent of Crider's "Sheriff Dan Rhodes" books, given the small town setting and some of the characters. I definitely want to see more to of Smith, but the other books aren't available as ebooks.