Lynn S. Hightower: Satan's Lambs (2005)
From the Publisher:
Seven years ago, Lena Padget's brother-in-law, Jeff Hayes, went to jail for the brutal murders of her sister and two-year-old nephew. Bitter that restraining orders couldn't stop bullets, she became a private investigator and advocate for abused women and children whom the police and the legal system neglect. Hayes is out on parole now, and he's looking for Lena. Once a major figure in a brutal cult, he teams up with Archie Valetta, an old business partner who is also fresh from prison. When Archie kidnaps Charlie, his ex-wife's four-year-old son, Eloise Valetta calls Lena for help. A few days later, Archie is found dead - the murder victim of a satanic cult. Charlie has disappeared, but Lena is certain he has been abducted by Jeff's old cult. Lena is taking big risks: a budding romance with her police contact; a dangerous on-line contact with the mysterious cult leader, Mr. Enoch; and the leads from her motley bunch of clients who owe her favors. Even if Lena makes all the right moves, will she be in time to save Charlie?
Lynn S. Hightower: Satan's Lambs. The First Lena Padget Mystery. Felony & Mayhem, ISBN: 1933397063 (June, 2005), 324 p., $14.95