Shep Harrington, a young lawyer, was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. He is released from prison after three years damaged goods.
In Lonesome Song Shep has returned to his mother’s childhood home of Lyle, Virginia for the funeral of his elderly friend and country music legend Reilly Heartwood, who supposedly committed suicide. But old grudges and clenched jaws prompt Harrington to start an investigation and discover what really happened to Reilly.
The town itself is a character in this novel, changing moods and temperaments along with its residents. Lonesome Song demonstrates that small doesn't mean simple, in this complex intertwining of characters, memories and agendas that complicate Shep's investigation of Reilly’s death.
Shep ultimately learns to navigate life in a small town and to find the truth about Reilly and himself.