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When Parker Collins, a gifted creative writing student at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, fails to show up for the first day of fall classes, his frantic girlfriend, Rishima Reynolds, files a missing person’s report. Though Parker has a history of alcohol abuse, disorderly conduct, and truancy, she insists he is committed to his writing classes. Rishima is adamant that something is very wrong.
Persuaded by the depth of her concern, Radhauser drives up to a cabin at Sunset Lake where Parker spent the last month finishing a novel his professor claims will be brilliant. The cabin has been trashed—the padlock on the liquor cabinet cut and empty beer and alcohol bottles strewn around the kitchen. A boat is missing. It appears wild-child Parker has gone on a binge and taken the boat out on the lake. Radhauser assures Rishima her boyfriend will turn up eventually, probably cold and nursing a gigantic headache. But something about the cabin scene nags at the detective and won’t let him go.
The following morning, 72-year old Homer Sullivan, one of the few year-round residents at the lake, finds a bloated body floating face-down near his cottage. He phones Radhauser, terrified it could be Parker Collins—the boy Sully befriended and has come to love. Is Radhauser’s missing person’s case a tragic accident? Or something much worse?