The Safe Harbor Center is supposed to be a sanctuary for the homeless, but when a ruthless killer strikes, no one is safe. Social worker Caleb Knowles, immersed in the demanding work of housing, feeding, and counseling the colorful array of clients at Safe Harbor, is deeply concerned about the murders. It doesn't help that city officials blame the homeless and plan to use the killings as an excuse to close Safe Harbor for good. There's even talk of razing Zooville, a tent village that is home to some of Caleb's most vulnerable clients.
Like the flick of an arsonist's match, tensions ignite when Wyman Carter, a homeless drug addict with a strange fascination for fire, enters the mix. Wyman knows more than he should about the murders, but he's on the run--from the guardian who exploits him, from his past, and from the voices screaming inside his head.
Tempers flare as Caleb himself becomes a suspect in the murder investigation led by Claudia Briscoe, the detective he used to call friend.
With help from his deaf brother Sam and Henry Rudd, a recovering addict, Caleb faces a firestorm that threatens not only his reputation, but his very life.
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Praise for Carla Damron's Caleb Knowles mysteries.
"A personable character ... readers will follow him breathlessly to the novel's well-reasoned conclusion."
--"The State," Columbia, SC
"Carla Damron writes with wisdom, heart and deft hand at building suspense, but mostly she writes about characters any one of us could become."
--Pamela James, "The Writers Room Magazine"
"Damron's adaptation of the deaf is poignant and exact ... one of the better examples of true deaf characterization."
--"Deaf Characters, Behind The Fiction"