Hell’s Heart

Cover of Hell's Heart by Dana J. Summers

In Oakley, Florida, in 2005. Frank Jackson and Diane Ferguson are killed with a pipe wrench. The problem? Frank and Diane have no connection. Guy Fowler was convicted but claims to have been drunk at home when the murders occurred. Fingerprints on the wrench say otherwise. Retired police officer Bart Long, now riddled with cancer, believes Fowler is innocent. As a last request, he asks his son, small-town cop Jake Long to find the real killer. Jake wants no part of the cold case that nearly cost his father his marriage. But when Nell Stoner reports her boyfriend missing, Jake is drawn back in time. Neck-deep in the double homicide, Jake contends with an unfaithful wife, illicit drugs, killer twins, and a psychotic woman who uses snakes to murder her enemies.

Winner of gold in the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Awards thriller category, plus book of the year, 2021.


Kirkus – on Hell’s Heart

…In Summers’ style of Florida noir, action drives both plot and character. The economical but potent prose is as sharp as Sabal palm leaves, as insistent as Florida heat, and as twisty as a live oak’s branches….Summers has the recipe right….A fast-paced collision of small-town violence and delayed justice.

Kirkus Reviews