So begin’s David Martin’s frightening and mysterious Cul-de-Sac, a suspense-filled triumph of degradation, desperation, and deceit. The scene of the crime is a humongous, dilapidated mansion in Maryland known as Cul-de-Sac, once the scene of a grisly murder, which Paul and Annie Milton are today trying to renovate. When Growler- toughened by his years of jail time served for a crime he didn’t commit- begins stalking the young, attractive couple, Detective Teddy Camel is summoned.
Camel, once known as the Human Lie Detector, is officially retired, forced out for having broken as many departmental rules as homicide cases. But as a favor to Annie- his onetime lover- Camel reenters the fray and uncovers a trail of corruption and death leading all the way to the society’s elite. How Camel tracks down Growler, untangles the real story behind his hideous vengeance, and finally discovers the secret prize all the players have furiously sought makes for a novel of twists and psychological insights.
Creepy, huh! All of the above came from the books dust jacket. To hear what I thought of the book go to By Book or By Crook for the full review.