The victims in these true stories have one thing in common: all are betrayed by people they trust.
In "The Death of Judy Huscher," it is 1957, and a respected homemaking teacher at a Southern California high school has been accused of poisoning her 12-year-old daughter.
In "The Last Meeting of the Dove Club," two friends stay for dinner even though their host, the grandson of a legendary San Diego pioneer, is dangerously drunk.
In "The Toothpicks," a member of a Mexican drug cartel introduces his friend to the pretty girl who will lead him to a San Diego rental house stocked with guns, rope, and muriatic acid.
In life, as in fiction, all is not as it appears.
Books by Tom and Laura McNeal