Overview (Masterplots II: Christian Literature)
A Capital Offense opens when bookstore owner Jack Brandon, after attending a meeting of the city council regarding gambling casinos, stops at his church and then drives his pickup to the Katy Trail, where he meets his death. Initially, the evidence (a suicide note and a mysterious twenty-five-thousand-dollar loan) points to suicide, but his wife, Connie Brandon, a devout Christian, believes that he was killed by the casino people. Other evidence surfaces: Jack died of a drug overdose, and a woman claimed that she and Jack were having an affair.
However, Connie, who has almost finished her law degree, acts as a detective: She spots a problem with the suicide note (which uncharacteristically refers to their daughter as Kate, not Katie) and points out that Jack’s office, which he never locked, was locked with the door’s deadbolt, but there were no fingerprints. With the help of a policeman friend of Jack, Tick Garner, and his wife, Tess, Connie perseveres. Police detective Luke Tyler is sympathetic but, because of Jack’s financial problems, drops the investigation. He also keeps an influential person informed about the progress of the case. Connie finds a canceled check for ten thousand dollars made out to a Reed Morrison and a one-million-dollar life insurance policy, and one of the store employees shows her drugs that were in the store. Meanwhile, Johnson Mack, Jefferson City’s mayor, offers her an exorbitant amount of money for the...
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