Bury the Lead
Joe Gunther and the VBI team are investigating a murder and an arson
case-both potentially related to a small but lethal outbreak of Ebola at a local
hospital. When the body of a young woman is found near a trail at a popular
ski mountain, the case falls to Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau
of Investigation (VBI). They quickly have a suspect, Mick Durocher, and
a confession, but not everyone on the team is convinced of Mick's truthfulness.
Despite his ready admission, investigators quickly sense there might be
more going on than is immediately apparent.
At the same time, a large local business is being targeted with escalating acts of
violence-a warehouse fire, a booby rigged truck, an industrial gas leak murderously
unleashed. The odd and common denominator? Mick Durocher, the self-confessed
murderer, was once employed by the same company. These two puzzling cases-only
tenuously connected-are further complicated by the sidelining of a key member of
VBI. Willy Kunkle is undergoing surgery at the same hospital saddled with the unlikely-
and suspiciously timed-outbreak of Ebola.
Joe and his team pursue these cases, uncovering motives that might link them,
while proving that trust betrayed can be a toxic virus, transforming love into savage
loathing. Indeed, behind the mayhem and murder, Joe must uncover a tragic family
history before another victim dies.