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The Ludlows are a hard-charging family, and patriarch Carl Ludlow treats his offspring like employees—which they are. But his daughter, Fina, is a bit of a black sheep. She is a law school dropout, and her father keeps her in the fold as the firm’s private investigator, working alongside her brothers. 

Juggling her family of high-powered and highly dysfunctional attorneys, the cops, and Boston’s criminal element is usually something Fina does without breaking a sweat. But when her sister-in-law disappears, she’s caught up in a case unlike any she’s encountered before.  

Carl wants things resolved without police interference, but the deeper Fina digs, the more impossible that seems. The Ludlows close ranks, and her brother Rand and his unruly teenage daughter Haley grow mysteriously distant from the family. As Fina unearths more dirt, the demands of family loyalty intensify. But Fina is after the truth—no matter the cost.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ingrit Thoft returns the female detective to the heart of the hard-boiled tradition: hard-drinking, hard-loving, moody.”

    Sarah Paretsky, New York Times bestselling author of Body Work

  • “Gripping…A seductive combination of sass and smarts, Fina reminds us just how hard it is for women in a male-dominated world without ever giving an inch. Loyalty reminds me just how great a PI novel can be. This is the start of something big.”

    Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of Killer View

  • “Kinsey Millhone, you’ve got competition. The pistol-packing, trash-mouthed PI Fina Ludlow, daughter of a famous Boston personal-injury lawyer, is equally at home on construction sites and in four-star restaurants as she traces a missing sister-in-law…The sizzling Fina kicks it up a couple of notches, in Loyalty. A-.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Dazzling…Readers will be eager to see more of smash-mouth Fina, a hard-boiled throwback equally comfortable shooting from the hip or the lip.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Thoft’s promising debut introduces a significantly flawed but tough new PI and offers up compelling suspense, while the smooth prose keeps things moving right along…This mystery wrapped in family drama should please fans of contemporary suspense of the more hard-boiled sort.”

    Library Journal 

  • “(Fina) Ludlow has the shrewdness of her parents and siblings but she has compassion, too. Fans of the Kinsey Millhone mysteries will enjoy this engaging debut.”


  • “This debut work promises Ingrid Thoft a successful future…Narrator Rebecca Soler captures Fina’s hard-boiled and moody side while also making clear the character’s enjoyment of her own sex appeal…Soler portrays Fina as saucy and sexy and is also excellent at playing the wide range of male characters. Overall, Soler makes Fina a person you want to meet again. And because this book twists and turns until the very end, some listeners may want to re-listen right away.”


  • Selected for the July 2013 Indie Next List
  • Finalist for the 2014 Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel
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About the Author

Ingrid Thoft, author of the critically acclaimed novels Identity and Loyalty, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Wellesley College. Her interest in the PI life and her desire to create a believable PI character led her to the certificate program in private investigation at the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle with her husband.