Boston P.I. Carlotta Carlyle wants to know what her on-again, off-again boyfriend Sam Gianelli did to earn himself the secret indictment for murder that’s keeping him out of the country. A man with plenty of secrets, Sam won’t tell her anything, much less let her help—and she isn’t having any more luck getting info from her old friends at the Boston PD. Sam’s exile could have something to do with his mob connections, but it can’t be that simple. Nothing involving Sam ever is.
Finding no easy answers, Carlotta goes back to basics and takes a job working for a jittery bride-to-be who wants to make sure her fiancé is being faithful. The case is simple enough—at first. But Carlotta catches the kind of break she wished she hadn’t when her client ends up getting killed. Now, as she’s hunting a down a murderer, she can’t help but wonder whether love itself isn’t the ultimate dead end…
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When my fare hauled himself out of the cab near Up-hams Corner, I took it as a sign, but face it, even if the fat man’s destination had been fifty miles from my goal, I’d have found another convenient omen. I’d made the decision late last night. I needed to have it out with Mooney.
The rump end of a minor hangover beat a tattoo in my left temple, and I knew that if I didn’t take action, I’d stay home to night, sprawled on the sofa like a dead-beat, watching old movie reruns, pouring too many Rolling Rocks down my throat.
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“One of the best private-eye series ever.”—Harlan Coben
“Utterly compelling.…just sit back and enjoy the ride.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“Carlotta Carlyle [is] still one of the standards against which…female PIs measure themselves.”—Baltimore Sun
LINDA BARNES is the author of twelve Carlotta Carlyle mysteries, winner of the Anthony and American Mystery Awards, and Edgar Award finalist. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and son.