I loved her strong personality and her tenacious ways then, and I am thrilled to see that she is just as feisty in Gusick's latest book, The Legacy. The story begins with the hanging death of Caitlin, a black college coed, who happens to be the governor's adopted daughter. When the governor requests Darla's help on the case, she agrees and brings along her partner Rita, a wise cracking southern girl whose familiarity with southern ways is an asset in this case.
The obvious choice of murderers comes from the white supremacist group that controls much of the action in the area, but Darla is never satisfied with the obvious. The more she and Rita dig into Caitlin's past, the stranger things become. Caitlin was in the midst of searching for her birth parents when she was murdered, and Darla suspects that she found something that ultimately cost Caitlin dearly.
Gusick's strength is definitely in his descriptions of the people and the landscape of his novels. The storyline is a good one, but it is his ability to put the reader into that story that sells the book for me.
Publisher - Alibi Publishing
Date of Publication - December 6, 2016