Two reporters investigate a grave robbery in a small Illinois town. It’s 1986. The tombstone says a teenage boy went into the coffin in 1941.
One reporter, Brian Morrison, is about forty, estranged from his wife. He’s smart, sensitive, literate, overly focused. He’s like a cat chasing string, quick to pounce.
The other reporter, Lee Ann Thomas, 30, is smart and sassy. She can manage Morrison—well, almost. But she is mercurial, leaving Morrison to wonder what she’s thinking, and if he can trust her.
Beginning in the graveyard, the two get onto a story that might produce a Pulitzer for their little paper. In chasing it, they lift the lid on killers, crooks, perverts and zealots, untangling a web of greed, deceit and murder that goes back almost half a century. They also unveil a love story, uncover a mystery, and bring unsung heroism to light.
Cemetery Plot is about the real world of good small-town newspapers that have worked for generations in America to keep things honest for people in their communities.