When the second drug user is killed in Hawthorn County, everyone
wonders what is going on. Both were "nobodies." That is to say that they weren't important enough for those dealing
drugs to kill. It made a certain kind of sense if one was killed, but not two. And the manner of the murder didn't fit with
a drug industry killing. They were killed by a sniper. Only someone who "knew something" would merit a professional
hit. But as Guidry tells Richard, "Like drug-related crimes are supposed to make sense?"
Because of the killings, Richard is asked to join the Ozark Foothills
Task Force by Deputy Scott Berman of Ripley County. The snipings continue, eventually targeting someone higher in the drug
business. Still, there is no solid lead.
Matters are complicated when a local newspaper claims police connivance in the murders. Then the sniper
targets law enforcement. The editor/owner of the scandal sheet, The Wilderness Voice, christens the sniper with a nickname,
"The King Snake," in reference to the King Snakes habit of eating other snakes, even those of its own kind.
Who will be the next target? What
is really going on?