Jane Lawless is at her wit’s end keeping her Minneapolis restaurants running while volunteering on her father’s campaign for governor. With an eleven-point lead, the race is Ray Lawless’s to lose, but all that changes when his rival posts a list of violent criminals that are back on the streets early, thanks to Ray’s work during his career as a defense lawyer.Corey Hodge is one of the convicts that took Ray’s advice to plead guilty for a crime that he swears he didn’t commit. Bitter from time served, revenge lurks in the back of his mind. Then one of Ray’s young campaign volunteers is killed, and with the murder mirroring the crime Corey was convicted of, Jane has to bring the killer to justice to save her father’s political career and to keep Corey from going to prison again.The high stakes and political intrigue that fuel Sweet Poison, the latest in Lambda and Minnesota Book Award--winning author Ellen Hart’s absorbing Jane Lawless series, make for an intense mystery of ambition and obsession.
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“Hart offers another solid entry in her entertaining Jane Lawless mystery series…. Loyalty, fairness, and the law are compellingly probed in this increasingly thoughtful series.”--Booklist on The Mortal Groove“Engrossing… Excellent election-year reading.”--Publishers Weekly on The Mortal Groove“Hart is at the top of her game.”--Curve Magazine on The Mortal Groove“Pitting sib against sib in a deadly game, the fourteenth Lawless mystery gets highly dramatic.”--Booklist on Night Vision“Jane Lawless and her trusty sidekick, Cordelia Thorn, are the most refreshing, entertaining, and cerebrally stimulating duo since Rex Stout’s unbeatable combo of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.”--Baltimore Alternative
ELLEN HART, “a top novelist in the cultishly popular gay mystery genre” (Entertainment Weekly), is also a Lambda and Minnesota Book Award winner. The author of fifteen previous mysteries featuring Jane Lawless, she lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.