The sequel to Morgan’s Point, out in Fall 2017
The second book in the Jim Ward series brings readers back to the same territory expertly detailed in Morgan’s Point, fast forwarding to 1972. A spinster living on an isolated ranch is murdered, and when authorities from the nearby town of Anahuac investigate, a literally-blood-drenched preacher turned radio evangelist becomes the main suspect. Ward, on his first day of private practice, takes on the defense of the Rev. Randall Clay, and is swept into a world of greed, religious fervor, mysterious players with perplexing motivations, and with Darling’s prior novel, a changing national culture meeting head on with the literal backwaters and backwoods of Galveston Bay.