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  The brutal murder of Jennifer Rice.  The evidence: DNA found at the scene, DNA that belongs to a man long thought dead, and a shadowy fifty-year-old photograph of a woman holding a baby taken at a nearby farm.

Shep Harrington is drawn into this legal quagmire by the arrival of his friend, and now client, Reggie Mason, a black state trooper, who admits that he obtained the DNA illegally.  All Reggie wants Shep to do is to ask former residents of the farm if they remember anyone taking pictures or if they saw a woman with a baby. But simple requests are not easily contained. As Shep soon learns, the request brings him to the top of a slippery slope with an ill-defined edge. Question begets question, and the slide down the slope proves inevitable: What happened to the baby? Who is in the photograph? And who killed Jennifer Rice?

The answers lead Shep into a confrontation with the so-called gene police, a confrontation fifty years in the making.


Elliott List is a retired patent attorney living in Florida with his wife Sonya and their feline, Tsuki.  He spent most of his life in the Washington, D.C. area.  He grew up in McLean, Virginia before the beltway was constructed.  Some of his classmates in grade school lived on nearby farms.  McLean had a small town feel to it.  Gossip spread without the Internet.  Party lines were common.  Secrets were hard to keep



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