Bob Maitland is the golden boy of Montana politics, poised to run for goverr.There's just one loose end in his life--the 27-year-old killing of his heiresswife, Ellen, which was never solved. Maitland wants Phoebe Siegel to find thelong-missing construction worker who either committed or witnessed the murder.Phoebe, fan of Maitland's style, promises only to think it over. AfterMaitland trumpets their supposed agreement to the press, Phoebe hears fromather potential client. Frank Chillman swears Ellen Maitland's murder andthe murder of his prostitute sister, one day later, are related. Before Phoebecan even check out his story, he's found shot to death. With a dead man for aclient, she plunges into the case, trying to find the connection between a richwallflower and a hard-luck call girl who died three decades ago. The trail islong cold, but it heats up quickly as someone starts stalking Phoebe, withather killing in mind....
Phoebe [is] one of the most endearing private eyes in the genre....Anexciting ride .
--The Denver Post
Powerful...In the class of female private eyes, with outstandingauthors such as Marcia Muller, Sue Grafton, and Sara Paretsky, Prowell wtakes top marks .
Phoebe's smart eugh to track down the killer, tough eugh to take a bullet, and still nice eugh to retreat home to her mother to recuperate .
--San Jose Mercury News
A rip-roaring read .