Are peanuts capable of murder? Carolina Slade will bust this shell game. Big money, big politics, crime, greed, and big farming Slade, an agriculture department investigator in the steamy state of South Carolina, once again finds herself planted in a dangerous mystery. Her assignment? Find out if there s a sinister connection between the drug-dealing arrest of wealthy peanut farmer Lamar Wheeler and the gruesome death of Lamar s teenage son in a car wreck. Especially since the dead teen is Governor Dick Wheeler s nephew. Of course, the governor s people practically sky-write STAY AWAY FROM THE FIRST FAMILY over the Palmetto state s capitol dome in Columbia, which doesn t make Slade s job easier. Couldn t she simply back off from what appears to be a tragic and ugly but private family matter? Not with hot-tempered DEA agent Pamela Largo on the case. Ex-wife to Senior Special Agent Wayne Largo, Slade's romantic interest, Pamela's hell-bent on using Lamar Wheeler's situation to re-open a cold case involving an Atlanta drug lord and Wayne's long lost sister, Kay. Soon Slade s shoveling shooflies uphill against Pamela s obsessions, the drug lord s vendettas, the Governor s secrets, and the bizarre realization that those secrets involve peanuts.