First Published: Fawcett, 1993
Featuring a strong, determined woman sleuth in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“Sam Raynor was the biggest slug that ever oozed across my path,” says Oakland PI Jeri Howard. “Anyone who wanted to kill him would have to take a number and get in line.”
Raynor is a liar, a cheat, an abuser who brutalized his wife Ruth. She has filed for divorce and hired Jeri Howard to find the money her husband claims he doesn’t have. When Raynor winds up with a bullet in his back, the prime suspect is Ruth. But Jeri, working hard to keep her client out of jail, discovers a long, long line of suspects.
“Well written and entertaining . . . You’ll find yourself turning the pages because the victim is so deliciously despicable.”
-West Coast Review of Books
“Intelligent and determined, Jeri holds her own among the ranks of impressive female detectives.”
“We believe that Janet is one of the best women private eye writers in the business; her books are both believable and compelling, with a heroine who goes about her business methodically and intelligently.”
-Tom & Enid Schantz, The Purloined Letter