By Peter Lewis
Well-liked wine critic Richard Wilson makes a dwelling raising and destroying winemakers’ reputations with the stroke of his pen. whilst he disappears after a tasting at Napa Valley’s Norton vineyard, his sister Janie appears to her ex-husband Babe Stern for support. but if Wilson’s physique is located floating in a vat at Norton, Stern’s seek becomes a hunt for the killer.Working with the Napa Valley police, Stern fast unearths a string of suspects, all with something in universal: their wish to get revenge for the reports that shattered their wines and livelihoods. yet because the police paintings to speedy transparent the case, those self same suspects have a string of alibis and the path starts off to fade.Stern digs extra into the conditions of Wilson’s dying and unearths himself following his simply lead, to Burgundy, France. In cellars and tasting rooms from Beaune to Nuits-Saint-Georges, Stern tracks the son of a kin of vignerons, one of many few humans within the vineyard the evening Wilson died. however the wine households of the C?te d’Or are secretive and entangled, and the extra Stern is going to find the reality, the extra he turns into the final word goal. In a gorgeous debut secret choked with revenge and homicide, Stern’s merely selection is to discover the reality.
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4 We drove the length of the Silverado Trail north and took Deer Park Road toward home. The road wound back through the blasted rock and red earth, the cliffs streaked by the westering sun. It finally started to cool off, and the earth regained some of its fragrance. Stands of Douglas fir and alder, Scotch pine and banks of manzanita, and the trellised roses that branched like the deltas of hidden springs along the roadside all seemed at last to exhale. On the back of Howell Mountain, the black tendrils of irrigation tubing looped like a tenuous wavelength across the tops of milk cartons that dotted the terraced slopes, little gravestones commemorating the slow death of ten thousand vines.
But I would need to immerse myself in the life I’d left behind if I was to understand who might have had a motive for killing Wilson. As I drove slowly through St. Helena, I decided to stop at a wineshop, where I bought every trade rag they had. Then I headed back up the mountain. Danny was sitting at the picnic table, eating a bowl of cereal and reading. I sat across from him and flipped through the magazines, trying to avoid picturing Richard’s body. I wanted to tell Danny what had happened to his uncle but didn’t know what to say or how to put it.
I promise. ” I flipped the cell shut. I was pleased Janie had turned to me. It was the first chance she’d given me to prove that I wasn’t such a bad guy, after all, and I was intent on showing her that I could come through in a pinch. Picking up where I’d left off, I pulled out a pad of paper and jotted down the name of every winery Wilson had treated harshly or scored poorly in the older issues. I was going to be methodical and demonstrate to Janie that I still knew enough about the wine scene to find her brother.