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The secret hour: A Novel

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"The Secret Hour," Luanne Rice's stunning new hardcover, is the story of John O'Rourke, crack defense attorney, grieving widower, loving father of Teddy, fourteen, and Maggie, eleven. Since his wife's death, John has struggled not only to provide the strength and solace his children desperately need, but to cope with the small crises of everyday life. Now he has taken on the most challenging case of his career -- the death penalty appeal of Connecticut's Breakwater Killer, Greg Merrill, convicted of a series of brutal murders -- a case that threatens to tear the state apart and has raised a storm of enmity around John himself and those he loves. Into this besieged household comes Kate Harris, a steady presence seemingly sent by heaven itself. But Kate is a woman on a quest of her own, as she searches for the key to a haunting mystery in her own family.Drawing on the locales and storylines her fans cherish, "The Secret Hour" combines Luanne Rice's bestselling blend of love and family with gripping new elements of suspense, in an unforgettable novel sure to take her to new bestselling heights.
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display_description One of America's most mesmerizing storytellers, Luanne Rice enthralls readers with her moving tales of ordinary people in crisis--and how they are transformed by the enduring power of love and family. Now the author of Safe Harbor, True Blue, and other New York Times bestsellers presents the gripping story of a man fighting for his family, a woman searching for her sister--and the promise of a new life where both least expected it...

The Secret Hour

Beneath his careful and controlled demeanor, attorney John O'Rourke is a man whose life is in turmoil. Since the death of his wife, he has been juggling the rigors of a controversial capital murder case and the demands of raising two children. Eleven-year-old Maggie's crooked bangs and rumpled clothes eloquently reproach John's earnest but haphazard attempts at mothering. Teddy, John's stalwart fourteen-year-old, has quietly assumed responsibilities far too weighty for his young shoulders, as he longs for the way things used to be and tries to ignore the hostility that has swirled around his family since his father took on the defense of a killer whose crimes have rocked Connecticut.

A brick through the window one autumn morning signals a dangerous new level of hatred. But a quieter event also takes place that day. A woman arrives on the O'Rourke doorstep to find a household on the brink of chaos but brimming with love--and, she hopes, answers. Kate Harris is searching for the key to her own mystery. Six months ago her younger sister fled far from their beloved home following a devastating confrontation. After mailing a single postcard from the New England shore, Willa Harris vanished. With only a postmark to go on, Kate takes a leave of absence from her job as a marine biologist to come to the seaside Willa adored--and discovers the one man who may be able to help her.

Compelling and evocative, at once suspenseful, heartbreaking, and triumphant, The Secret Hour is an unforgettable novel that explores the power of sisterly love, the gift of second chances--and the way magic can sometimes be the most real thing in the whole world.

From the Hardcover edition.
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subject_facet Grief -- Fiction, Legal stories, Love stories
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