It’s his word against hers, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.
When a teenager accuses a key official of a local charity of blackmailing her for sex—and then abruptly disappears—a mystery turns into a crisis, raising concerns about the girl’s safety, the charity’s survival, and the career and reputation of a man who says he is innocent.
Enter Jonas Hawke, retired lawyer and sage of Beacon Junction. Jonas has just agreed to oversee the charitable group, a friend’s attempt to help Jonas move past his grief over the death of his wife. It’s his job to uncover the facts and ensure that justice will be done.
Jonas is helped—and hindered—by the arrival of Dylan Walker and his eight-year-old son. Why a single dad has chosen to move to a small town in Vermont to start a new life is a mystery that tugs at Jonas, especially when Dylan develops an amorous interest in Jonas’s married daughter.
Hawke’s Return is a fable of ethics and justice, when doing the right thing depends on elusive facts and hard choices. It’s also the tale of a man trying to find his way back from the loss if his beloved soulmate.
Winner of the 2018 Maryland Writers’ Association award for best novel in the general fiction category
What readers are saying about Hawke’s Return:
“The characters in Hawke’s Return are flawed and sometimes fragile, but their strength lies in their search for what they believe is the truth. An unassuming, character-driven novel that makes you think long after you have turned the last page.”Cindy Young-Turner, author of Thief of Hope
“The pleasure of Hawke’s Return lies in the details of human interaction and in the author’s restraint, which keeps life in this small town both more real and more civil than life as we see it…Beacon Junction is immune from madman Tweets and random mass murders. Instead, decent but faulty people struggle with ambiguity.” Gary Garth McCann, author of The Man Who Asked to Be Killed
“Mark Willen has the ability to create characters the reader cares about and surround them with interesting and complex story lines.” Sarah K, Amazon reader review
“This second in Willen’s “Hawke” series is a winner. By the time you come to the conclusion, the main characters—Jonas, the semi-retired lawyer and patriarch of the family, Mary Louise, the buxom former call girl turned newspaper columnist, and Sally, Hawke’s daughter, who runs the B&B in Vermont—have become your friends. New characters, Dylan and Max, a widower and his young son, bring a lot of interpersonal drama to a story that deals with the problem of sexual harassment.”Henry A. Zoob, author of A Lifetime of Genesis