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Sheriff Privette doesn't take a deep interest in this cold crime, but Jesse is not letting it go. His father's body has been found with a money belt fat with fifty dollars, a small fortune. Twenty of the seventy dollars that Sutherlin Sr. was carrying when he was reported dead of the Spanish flu in 1918 is missing. His heirloom watch given to him for "thirty years' service in the AM and O Railroad which is now the Norfolk and Western is also missing. It was gold and big as an onion. " What happened to the money and to "the Onion"? Was all this the work of a thief? Who was the man who showed up at the Sutherlins' door? There's not much to work with. But that won't stop Jesse who investigates as the 1928 boom progresses relentlessly toward 1929.