The Sterling Inheritance

Michael Siverling

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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Private investigator Jason Wilder has the toughest boss in River City: It's his mother. She and her husband were legendary police detectives when Jason was growing up. Wild Bill Wilder has since died, and Mom is running the detective agency they had founded with a loving but definitely iron hand.

Working under Mom (also known by her staff as "Queen Victoria" and "Her Highness") is adventurous, no denying that. Jason's present assignment, to locate a missing businessman, leads to some unexpected surprises. He locates the man in a dreary motel, with orders to return him to his worried wife. Instead, the man shoots at him. Before he can recover from the attempt, he is surrounded by police, who punch him, handcuff him, and inform him that his subject is wanted for homicide. From there the case expands, plunging Jason into some twisted bypaths. Why are the members of the suspect's family (including his enchanting sister) fighting tooth and nail over a dilapidated movie house the sister is restoring? Why was the dead man's body found just outside it? Is there something hidden there---and what? With Jason doing the footwork and Mom supplying the know-how, they get dangerously close, and Mom is going to have to take a hand herself.

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Sterling Inheritance, The
CHAPTER ONEI'd been waiting in the dark for hours.The room was in one of those innumerable pay-by-the-night-cash-up-front motels that litter the outskirts of River City. Judging by the traffic I could hear around me, it was the only room in the place not being treated to frequent visits by the working boys and girls with their anonymous clientele. At least the sounds of the performances that leaked through the too-thin walls helped keep me awake.I was telling myself for what seemed like the thousandth time that I was going to give it just fifteen minutes more before

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Michael Siverling

Michael Siverling is a detective in real life. His real-life expertise, his brilliant characterization of Mom and her crew, and the low-key humor that spices the action make it clear why this debut mystery won the Best Private Eye Novel Contest. He lives in Sacramento, CA.

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The Sterling Inheritance
Michael Siverling

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
July 2004
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ISBN: 9781429935791
ISBN10: 1429935790
288 pages
$7.99
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