"Troubled Waters" is one of the the best mysteries I've read this year. Wheat's compelling narrative shifts in time between the late '60s, early '80s and mid-'90s, charting the lives of a disparate group of idealistic radicals from youth to adulthood, and makes canny use of their collective 30-odd-year-old emotional baggage.
At first, the time shifts drove impatient me crazy, but it wasn't long before I was thumbing back every few chapters for clues. Believe me, it doesn't help!
Wheat's five previous books in the Cass Jameson series foreshadow so many events here, I sense that this book has been percolating in her head all along. Many mystery writers don't bother to give their characters a past that is relevant in future plots. (I haven't read her books in chronological order, which perhaps frees me from reader expectations.)
I was blown away by its climactic ending, and I'm not easily fooled! (Certain people refuse to sit next to me in movies!) Kudos to Carolyn Wheat for her best writing yet! I'm chomping at the bit for her next book but, unfortunately for us readers, her books are published years apart.
P.S. I advise beginning this book in the morning. I stayed up until 4 a.m. last night to finish the last chapters.