the surest poison
Sidney Lanier Chance is lured out of self-imposed exile still angry about unfounded accusations of bribery that ended his career as a small town police chief. When he takes on a new role as private investigator, at the behest of ex-cop friend Jax LeMieux, he becomes mired in the case of an old chemical dump that has contaminated the water supply in a small community near Nashville. Also a former National Parks ranger, Sid doggedly pursues the polluter, but somebody is out to halt his investigation. People related to the case turn up murdered, and someone blows up the guest house behind Jaz's mansion. Is the man responsible for the toxic spill dead or alive? Is Jaz's problem related to Sid's investigation or the abduction of her housekeeper's grandson? And are the people responsible for fouling Sid's reputation somehow involved in this troubling case?
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The kind of fiction writing that those with a penchant for Lawrence Block can enjoy...Mystery readers who like solid whodunits without cliches, easy answers, and stereotypical female characters will love Chester D. Campbell's THE SUREST POISON!

Sylvia Cochran, Associated Content Arts & Entertainment

The action and suspense grab you from the first page and holds on to the end! If you like tough-guy crime-buster stories, then you will enjoy the new Sid Chance Mystery series...Armchair Interviews says: Exciting and well-done first in a new series.

Stephanie Boyd, Armchair Interviews

The Surest Poison is a terrifically timely mystery about one of the most pressing problems of our era. Campbell's characters throw off sparks throughout, making it clear that the flint is really there. This may be fiction, but Campbell sets his tale squarely in the real world we all share.

Timothy Hallinan, author of The Fourth Watcher