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by Louise Ure
St Martin's Minotaur, January 2008
352 pages
ISBN: 0312375859

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Cadence Moran idolized her older cousin, Kevin Dulcey. Even at the age of ten, she was frantic to leave her alcoholic mother as soon as she was able. Kevin told her that she would have to learn three things before she could set out on her own. They were: "First you have to do a major tune-up (on a car), in thirty minutes. Second, you have to recognize the make and model of a motorcycle by the sound of its engine. And third, you have to know the passing record of any quarterback in the NFL."

Little did either of them know that only a few years later, Cadence would have to rely on the first two of those guidelines. At the age of 23, with Kevin's three-year-old daughter in the car, Cadence was involved in a head-on collision with a car full of drunken Australians. The little girl died and Cadence was blinded for life.

It is now eight years later, and Moran has a job as an auto mechanic in her home town of Tucson and Kevin is still her friend. Cadence likes to work on cars at night, since it is quieter and she can better hear the sounds the engine is making. One night, closing up and starting home at 9:30, she hears some strange sounds as she is crossing the street. And then a car tries to run her down.

Detectives August Dupree and Richard Nellis interview her but Nellis doesn't believe that she could give such a detailed description of the car just from hearing and smelling it. The driver and passenger in the car had just killed an old woman who lived between the garage and Cadence's home.

Ure's first book FORCING AMARYLLIS was an award winner. THE FAULT TREE should also be a nominee for a major award. Her characters are sympathetic. Ure leads us through many dead ends to a heart-stopping ending, all in the heat of an Arizona summer. This book is a must read.

Reviewed by Barbara Franchi, November 2007

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