Mark Darrow grew up in a small Ohio town with no real advantages beyond his intelligence and athletic ability. But thanks to the intervention of Lionel Farrâ€”a professor at Caldwell, the local collegeâ€”Darrow became an excellent student and, later, a superb trial lawyer. Now Farr asks his still-youthful protÃ©gÃ© for a life-altering favor. An embezzlement scandal has threatened Caldwellâ€™s very existenceâ€”would Darrow consider becoming its new president?
Darrow accepts, but returning to his alma mater opens old wounds. Sixteen years ago, on the night of his greatest triumph as Caldwellâ€™s star quarterback, he discovered the body of a black female student named Angela Hall at the base of the Spire, the bell tower that dominates the leafy campus. His best friend, Steve Tillman, was charged with Angelaâ€™s murder and ultimately sent to prison for life. But now, even as Darrow begins the daunting task of leading Caldwell, he discovers that the case against his friend left crucial questions unanswered. Despite his new obligationsâ€”and his deepening attachment to Farrâ€™s beautiful though troubled daughterâ€”Darrow begins his own inquiry into the murder. Soon he becomes convinced that Angelaâ€™s killer is still at large, but only when another mysterious death occurs does he understand that his own life is at risk.Read more