Rose Baker is both shocked and infuriated to find that her brother Judd has been the ringleader of a conspiracy to promote political assassinations over the years. These assassinations were of Rose’s political idols. In the violent argument that ensues, Judd falls and is fatally injured.
Certain that his dozen co-conspirators will never face the justice they deserve, she hatches a plan to make sure that they do. Traveling the four corners of the country, she takes them out, one by one. Always a step ahead of the conspirators and the authorities, who never suspect a seventy year old well-dressed woman to be involved in such acts, they have no idea who to look for.
Baker’s Dozen is about political hatred and retribution in the extreme, and how idealistic beliefs can permanently distort one’s perspective regardless of which side is involved.
A wonderful book, full of well developed characters. My interested was held until the very end and I look forward to more from M Will Smith. I love that the person taking on a vigilante vendetta is a senior citizen and woman to boot.
Mr. Smith retired early from a job as a transportation planner in the Pacific Northwest and went sailing by himself. He lived on the sailboat for ten years and sailed up and down the West Coast from Seattle to central Mexico. During that time he wrote a number of novels while in anchorages or marinas. However, he did not publish them, so they sat for over ten years on floppy discs. Last year his wife discovered them and after reading one insisted that he publish it. After considerable editing, he did so through his daughter’s publishing company, Red Frog. Since then, he has published two others and is currently in the process of publishing another. Thus far he has not actively promoted any of them.
He has two daughters who live in Los Angeles. His wife is the primary editor and cheerleader for his books. They live in the Phoenix area in the winter and spend summers in the White Mountains of Arizona. A book club in the White Mountains read the first book, Baker’s Dozen, and received it very favorably. They have three small dogs. The dogs are a joy to them, but are apparently making the local vets wealthy.