Pegasus 2020

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Silence on Cold River

Author: Casey Dunn

Three people cross paths in the north Georgia woods one night. Defense attorney Ama Shoemaker is running to keep her mind off a case that went bad. Eddie Stevens is a black father with a desperate plan to strike back at the police force who dropped the case of his daughter’s disappearance. Michael Walton is the client whose acquittal still haunts Ama seventeen years later - and he’s keeping a secret that could destroy Eddie’s world.

By day’s end, one shot is fired, three lives hang in the balance, and a small town’s long-buried secrets come clawing to the surface. The past is poised to repeat itself when a new detective with ghosts of his own arrives at a theory no one in his sleepy precinct wants to believe.

Silence on Cold River

Publishers Weekly:

Dunn (the Hightower Trilogy) makes good use of the perspectives of multiple characters throughout her clever thriller debut...The various strands mesh well by the end. Fans of Lisa Unger will be pleased.


Something far more dangerous than a big, bad wolf inhabits the north Georgia woods. For fans of dark obsession in the tradition of The Silence of the Lambs.


Dunn ratchets up the tension with each successive chapter en route to a satisfying conclusion. Silence on Cold River doesn’t feel like a suspense debut but rather the work of a genre veteran. Read it, and you will be on the lookout for whatever Dunn writes next.

Christina Kaye, award-winning author of Like Father, Like Daughter:

A melodic and gritty debut thriller that gives readers an unnerving glimpse into the mind of a demented killer.