Plenty of people saw the girl and her broken down Mercedes, parked on the hard shoulder of the highway, but no one stopped - except her murderer.
Sheriff's deputy Rhoda Swift is one of the ones who drove by.
Moreover her conscience is still troubled by the gruesome mass murders in nearby Cascada Canyon, 13 years ago, and the wounded child who died in her arms.
Now the community of Signal Point is marked by violence again and Rhoda's role is at its heart.
Marcia Muller's new murder mystery is a deft and gripping story of a town imprinted with horror and of lives driven askew because of past wrongs.
Evoking murderous legacies in a wild corner of the US, she once again proves herself a doyenne of the genre.