The Tarnished Eye

The Tarnished Eye

A Novel of Suspense

A novel inspired by a baffling true-life crime, Judith Guest's "finely tuned page-turner" (Publishers Weekly) melds heart-pounding suspense with an emotionally charged family drama.

The community of Blessed, Michigan, is shattered by the murder of the Norbois family -- Paige, Edward, and their four children -- in their summer home. Sheriff Hugh DeWitt, still grieving the loss of his infant son, is determined to find answers to a string of urgent questions: When did the murders occur? Which family member was the primary, intended, victim? What could have fueled such hate-driven violence? As suspects and secrets swirl around the case, one stunning revelation lies in wait: a shattering clue that may be right in Sheriff DeWitt's line of sight.

With her own untarnished eye, Judith Guest delivers a novel that transcends genre and showcases once again her remarkable literary gifts.
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  • Gallery Books | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451613308 | 
  • July 2010
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Chapter One: Digging Up

Hugh DeWitt stands at the window, looking out at his wife as she gently uproots slips of lettuce from the soil. She likes pulling the tender new shoots first, leaving room for the rest to grow and prosper. Her garden gloves lie discarded in the middle of the row. Hugh has bought her several pair over the years -- these last ones, expensive kidskin from Gardeners' Eden -- but she doesn't like them any better than the cheap, cotton variety she picks up at Okum's; they're all too bulky for the job. She needs to get her bare hands around the slender stems. He loves this paradox -- his tidy wife, so firm about purity and... see more

About the Author

Judith Guest
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Judith Guest

Judith Guest won the Janet Heidegger Kafka Prize for her first novel, Ordinary People, which was made into the Academy Award-winning 1980 film of the same name. Her other novels are Second Heaven, Killing Time in St. Cloud (with Rebecca Hill), and Errands. She lives with her family in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Harrisville, Michigan.




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