Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Snapshot by Lis Wiehl


Two little girls, frozen in black and white. One picture worth killing for.
Federal prosecutor Lisa Waldren’s estranged father wants her to investigate a cold case from his FBI days. Lisa nearly refuses, even though a wrongly convicted man faces execution for murder. Then her father reveals a photograph: a little white girl playing alongside a little black girl at a civil rights rally in 1965 where the crime—the shooting of a civil rights leader—took place. She recognizes herself in the photo.
She was there.
Lisa agrees to help, resolved to boldly seek answers she’s skirted for decades. What she discovers are layers of deception, both personal and professional, reaching as high as the head of the FBI. Possibly even the president.
And though Lisa and the other girl may have escaped the 1965 shooting physically unharmed, her little friend, now grown, bears the scars of it. All because of the color of her skin. As Lisa and her father get closer to the truth, the real killer turns the hunt around.

My Review:

I want to thank Netgalley for supplying me with an ecopy of this title.  These are my opinions.  I've read two (or maybe three) books by Lis Wiehl now, and I will definitely pursue more.  In Snap Shot I loved the unfolding suspense, but unlike many recent "thriller" type books I've read lately, every new clue seemed so plausible  -- no sudden, unbelievable villain, no stalling of action with unnecessary narration or minutiae, and poorly developed motives.  A 1965 Civil Rights' Era killing
has a strong historical flavor, and although, there was not a major Civil Rights leader killed in Fort Worth in that year, Lis creates a story that smacks of authenticity.  When you realize that her father was a FBI agent during that time, and that she became a federal prosecutor, you will understand how she can write with such realism.  If you have never read anything by Wiehl, this is a good novel to start with.  Even after finishing the novel, I can still close my eyes and imagine that photo of a little white girl and a little black girl, sitting in innocence, as the world surrounding them stirs in turmoil.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your comments on Snapshot. My book club has read and enjoyed several by Lis Wiehl. This one is on our schedule for later in the year. Glad you liked it.