The somewhat wild wife and mother Violet Sullivan left her home in California in 1953 on the forth of July to watch the fireworks. But neither Violet nor her brand-new, flashy Chevrolet returns. After more than thirty years of uncertainty, Violet´s daughter Daisy is desperate to know what happened so she can get on with her own life.
In Kinsey´s world, we have reached 1987, and for the rest of the book we follow her investigation of Violet´s disappearance. In between we get chapters from 1953, letting us see what happened in the days leading up to this event through the eyes of all the characters surrounding Violet. In this way we see several facets of the central character and the good and upright citizens of Serena Station, California.
An interesting structure, and Grafton handles both ends of the story very well, leaving you with a strong feeling of having been there, back in a time when women were supposed to be proper mothers and homemakers, good examples for their daughters and perhaps even put up with a beating now and then when they had strayed off the straight and narrow.
Terrific characters and a perfect, traditional private detective mystery. I bought the book myself.