The small communities of Lake and Obion Counties surrounding Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee will never be the same after the gruesome double murders of January 30, 2005. One of the victims is a drug dealer; the other is a well-respected businesswoman. There is no apparent motive or connection between the two victims.
Joe G. Riley was a Tennessee trial and appellate court judge for a total of twenty-six years. As a trial judge for eighteen years near Reelfoot Lake in Lake and Dyer Counties, he tried several capital cases and imposed the death penalty in murder cases. As an appellate court judge for almost eight years, he authored and participated in numerous death penalty opinions. His fictional writing is filled with mystery and suspense and is based upon his personal experiences as a judge. Unlike most books, much of the novel is written from a judge’s perspective. His novel appeals to the general public, as well as to lawyers and judges.
The tall man, clearly the leader of the two, ordered the half-frozen victims to get on their knees. He then sauntered around to the front of the victims while the short man remained behind them. The tall man said, “I’m going to take the socks out of your nasty-assed mouths in a second. But if either of you screams or hollers, I’ll shoot you both between those little beady eyes of yours. So you gotta depend on each other, you got it?”