In 2006, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Detectives Cat Leigh and Marci Welles struggled to solve the monthly Kalendar Killer murders. Five people, beginning with Janice Handera on Mother’s Day, died under brutal circumstances on national holidays. The crime scenes provided no clues other than the banners proclaiming “Happy ?? Day” in which the victims were wrapped; and the clock was quickly ticking toward Thanksgiving. When one small skin cell, compliments of a woodpecker, offered a ray of hope in solving the case, Cat and Marci followed a trail that led them from West Palm Beach to Seattle, Washington; to Malibu, California; to Niagara Falls, New York; and to St. Louis, Missouri before returning to Florida.
A year later the Detectives were once again in the news but the reasons were very different. Cat Leigh found herself on the receiving end of rape… her survival nothing less than a miracle. With both her body and soul beaten and battered, her near death experience cast a new light on how she viewed crimes against women. These changes became obvious during the investigation of a local lifeguard known for using his breast stroke as much out of the water as in the water. With 800 women as potential suspects, Cat and Marci had their work cut out for them. Both Cat's rape and the lifeguard's murder post intriguing questions. Why did Cat's rapist, who later added torture and murder to his list of crimes, spare her? Is is possible that hundred of "laid and played" women could have conspired to kill the man who broke their hearts? If they did, how did they find each other and which one actually is responsible for the kiss of death.
THROUGH THICK AND THIN is a crime drama based on real people and real situations. The models for Cat Leigh and Marci Welles are my daughter, Jessica Carbone McKinney, a rape survivor, and Mary Bedwell Bain, her best friend since high school and the PBSO crime scene investigator who helped to capture Jessica’s attacker. The title of the book refers both to the almost comical differences in their appearances (factual) and the lengths to which they will go to protect each other (also factual).