The Last Blue Noon in May by Joseph L.S. Terrell
This is the sixth in the series featuring crime writer Harrison Weaver, set at the Outer Banks. Weaver tackles a really cold case—the disappearance of the then nine-year-old sister of Chief Deputy Odell Wright.
The young girl vanished twenty-two years earlier, and there have been no leads at all as to what happened to her. But when the "Bear Woman," who had befriended the black bears on the mainland near the Outer Banks, is found dead in what appears to be a bear attack, Weaver and his friends SBI Agent Ballsford Twiddy and Deputy Wright unearth a connection that could shed light on the girl's fate. Now they must deal with the death of the Bear Woman and the questions that nag them: Was she really killed by bears? Or was she killed by someone who feared she might be ready to uncover a brutal crime of decades earlier?
Joseph L.S. Terrell, a North Carolina native, has more than forty years as a fiction writer and journalist. He is the author of eleven published books, and is busily work on the next on from his home on the Outer Banks—with periodic writing trips to his beloved Paris.