Helpless

Helpless

Book - 2012
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Daniel Palmer's electrifying, emotionally charged thriller, a high school soccer coach finds his world upended by shocking accusations and long buried secrets . . .Nine years after he left Shilo, New Hampshire, former Navy Seal Tom Hawkins has moved back. It's not an auspicious homecoming. Tom has returned to raise his teenage daughter, Jill, following the murder of his ex-wife, Kelly. Despite Tom's efforts to stay close to Jill by coaching her high school soccer team, Kelly's bitterness fractured their relationship. But together, they are on the mend, and life in Shilo is starting to shape up into something approaching normal.Normal doesn't last long. Shilo's police sergeant makes it clear that Tom is his chief suspect in Kelly's death. In the days that follow, an anonymous blog post alleges that Coach Hawkins is sleeping with one of his players, Internet rumors escalate, and incriminating evidence surfaces on Tom's own computer and cell phone. Soon the FBI and police are investigating Tom for what appears to be a very disturbing and unprecedented series of crimes.Someone is out to frame Tom-someone capable of destroying everything he loves without laying a finger on him. As he races to prove his innocence, he must unravel a tangle of lies about his family, the friends and colleagues he thought he knew, and about his past. For deep amid the secrets he's been keeping-from a troubled tour of duty to the reason for his ex-wife's death-is the truth that someone will gladly kill to protect . . .
Publisher: New York : Kensington, c2012.
ISBN: 9780758246653
Branch Call Number: FICTION PAL
Characteristics: 409 p. ; 24 cm.

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ChristchurchLib Mar 11, 2013

"Former Navy SEAL Tom Hawkins's past is returning to haunt him, but it's really his present that's the problem. Now a soccer coach, Tom's been implicated in a child pornography ring, accused of his ex-wife's murder AND of sleeping with one of his soccer players, and is unsurprisingly the current target of his high-school daughter's hatred. Meanwhile, that past? It takes the form of a former buddy and his drug-smuggling operation. And his former high school nemesis is the cop in charge of the case surrounding his ex-wife's death. Someone's clearly out to get him - but who? And why? Figuring it out is half the fun - while the other half is a plot so intricate (but terrifyingly plausible) that your head will spin." March 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=609367

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