Paperback / 288 pages
Midnight Ink Books
Reviewed by Patricia K. Batta
South Florida Private Investigator Beth Bowman goes the home of her client, Sabrina Hammonds, to turn in her report. When she finds Sabrina and her maid dead, she is certain the killer is Sabrina’s husband, John, who Sabrina had hired her to tail. John, a respected and highly successful defense attorney, convinces Beth he loved and was faithful to Sabrina. He then asks Beth to help him get back his missing five year old daughter, Ashley, whatever the cost to him. He insists the police stand down and take their lead from Beth.
Beth knows she has little chance of success on her own, and little chance of finding Ashley alive if she doesn’t move quickly. She enlists the city’s homeless population to be her eyes and ears on the street and eventually earns the grudging help of the police. The heat is turned up when the kidnappers threaten to sell Ashley to the highest bidder if all doesn’t go as they demand.
The book begins with somewhat repetitive back-story, but it soon moves into a fast-paced narrative that keeps the reader guessing about what will happen next.
One can only hope the background information given on the street people who rally to support Beth and Beth’s growing respect for the detective with whom she works most closely indicate the author plans future books featuring this unique group of crime busters.