Author: Andrew Gross
From Mysterious Reviews: This strongly written, deftly plotted novel of suspense about the lives of an extended family and the misfortune that brings them together has a personal connection to the author, who based some of the characters in part on members of his own family, in particular his nephew Alex, who, like the character from the book, died in a fall from a cliff in California.
Synopsis (from the publisher): Jay Erlich's nephew has been found at the bottom of a cliff at Morrow Bay. It's all just a tragic suicide, until secrets from the past begin to rear up again. Did a notorious killer, jailed for many decades, have his hand in this?
Years ago, Jay Erlich's older brother, Charlie, a wayward child of the sixties, set out for California, where he fell under the sway of a charismatic but deeply disturbed cultlike figure. Tragedy ensued and lives were destroyed, but as the decades passed, Charlie married and raised a family and lived a quiet, secluded life under the radar. Yet the demons that nearly destroyed him never completely disappeared.
When Jay heads out west to help his grieving brother, he is pulled back into Charlie's past—and begins to suspect that his nephew's suicide may not have been that at all. With eyes wide open, Jay puts his own life at risk to uncover the truth, a quest that goes beyond the edge of madness and a family haunted by a secret past ... and into the depths of evil.