Black Water by Jefferson Parker

I’ve recently read this entertaining psychological suspense novel by Jefferson Parker, which starts when a young deputy named Archie Wildcraft is found shot in the head outside his home, next to the gun that has just been used to kill his wife. The evidence points to murder-suicide. Wildraft has a head injury resulting from the shooting and can’t remember exactly what happened, so is charged with the crime.

However a Sergeant named Merci Rayborn is not so sure, and the incarceration of a deputy who may be innocent plagues her conscience, so she decides to defy the district attorney and pursue the unlikely scenario that Deputy Wildcraft is innocent and has been framed, but why and by whom….