Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Barry Clayton has come home to the NC mountains to help with his family's funeral business. An ex-cop, he doesn't expect to be knocked out there the night before a funeral. And he most definitely doesn't expect to have the body stolen. Maybe the fact that the deceased was a Montagnard hero who helped saved the lives of not only Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkins, but also a U.S. senator, a three-star general, and a Hollywood star would offer some clues to the who and why of the theft. Or maybe the current international picture could shed some light on the situation. Nevertheless, time is a big factor in the puzzle—and the players are all people with clout. Mark de Castrique is an author to watch.