When Barry Clayton’s father developed Alzheimer’s disease, Barry gave up his career in law enforcement to run the family’s funeral home in the North Carolina mountain town of Gainesboro, where he is known as Buryin’ Barry. But even a small town in the Appalachians is not immune to crime.
At a summer street dance, Barry’s friend Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkins is shot at by an old man distraught over the death of his wife. The hospitalized Tommy Lee appoints Barry as the deputy in charge of the investigation, to the dismay of Deputy Reece Hutchins.
Who was the old man stalking? Why was a young woman, who was also wounded at the scene, traveling with the intended victim? What at first appears to be a case of a mentally unstable summer tourist develops into a case in which someone is preying on senior citizens. Barry discovers a tangled web of deceit stretching from western North Carolina to the Florida coast.
Barry realizes that Deputy Hutchins is undercutting his investigation. And as potential witnesses and informants begin to die under mysterious circumstances, Barry confronts a conspiracy that runs so deep that he no longer knows whom to trust. One false step, one betrayal, would make this case Buryin’ Barry’s final undertaking.
Mark de Castrique is a veteran of the television and film industry and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
What did you love best about Final Undertaking?
It moves along at a great pace and doesn't let you get bored
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
It did indeed, because of the great job of the narrator and the pace of the story
What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?
Wonderful treatment of a wide variety of characters
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Nothing in particular but a sound story all around