We’re told that there are seven deadly sins; not on the list is the deadliest of them all: Betrayal. For each of the detectives at the agency, a betrayal—personal, against a child, against the elderly—becomes not only the driving force behind an investigation, but the source of the kind of resolve that cannot be derailed by threats of any kind.
Tamara’s case began as something personal but explodes as her investigation of her former lover Lucas Zeller leads to a scam bilking charities in the name of helping the homeless and indigent. For Nameless, with a case he doesn't want but can't turn down, trying to find out who is gaslighting an old woman only exposes the ugly side of family. When he goes home, tired and annoyed, he discovers that his adopted daughter, Emily, has a secret of her own. Runyon has a different difficulty: his case of a bailjumper with some bad family ties is easy enough as these things go, but he’s being confronted by a demon that is going to try to force him into a betrayal….
Three people who care, three people devoted to helping others trying to help themselves, three people finding themselves in a world of hurt because of the betrayers.
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The tests came back negative.
He hadnâ€™t given her AIDS or any other STD.
Her first reaction was relief, naturally, big relief. The way Vonda and Ben had talked about Lucas Zeller, Tamara had started picturing him as a walking germ factory capable of infecting the whole damn city. Scared, all right. More scared than sheâ€™d ever been in her life during that endless two-week wait for the test results.
When the relief wore off, she got mad all over again. At herself to begin with, for having unprotected sex with a virtual stranger.
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BILL PRONZINI’s novel, Snowbound, received the Grand Prix de la Littérature Policière as the best crime novel published in France in 1988. In addition to six Edgar Award nominations, Pronzini has received three Shamus Awards, two for best novel and the PWA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008, the Mystery Writers of America named him Grandmaster. He lives in northern California with his wife, the crime novelist Marcia Muller.