Iowa City :, University Of Iowa Press,, 
203 pages ; 24 cm
"Summer 1948. In the scenic, remote river town of Oregon, Illinois, a young couple visiting the local lovers' lane is murdered. But after a sweeping manhunt, no one is arrested and the violent deaths of Mary Jane Reed and Stanley Skridla fade into time's indifference. Fast forward fifty years. Eccentric entrepreneur Michael Arians becomes obsessed with the crime and starts to believe that Mary Jane's ghost is haunting his establishment. He reaches out to Chicago Tribune reporter Ted Gregory for help. For the next thirteen years, Gregory remains beguiled by the case and equally fascinated by Arians's seemingly hopeless pursuit of whoever murdered them."-- Back cover.