She’s a burglar’s daughter and a first-rate private investigator. And if the tools of Veronica Ventana’s trade include a PhD in lockpicking, thank her parents, the infamous Vintners, who made cat burglary a class act.
It’s 3:30 a.m. when Bink Hanover bursts into Ronnie’s apartment reeking of liquor and fear. Outside are four Uzi-toting thugs and a femme fatale who have chased him to her door. Before you can say “safe house,” Ronnie recruits Blackie Coogan, ex-boxer and over-the-hill PI. Then she’s off to find the woman whom Bink calls the “Black Widow,” whose previous well-connected lovers have all come into sudden riches—and sudden death. Now Ronnie is bull’s-eye in a nasty high-stakes game. From San Francisco’s bedrooms to its boardrooms, she’s racing to catch a killer before the killer catches her.
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“In this fast-paced adventure, White’s lively and redoubtable sleuth makes splendid company as, with perseverance and a bit of luck, she disentangles a web of personal relationships and professional intrigues that reach into some surprising crannies.”
“Carol Cowan is the narrator, and, as usual, her vocal characterizations are phenomenal. This is another one of those intelligent realistic mysteries by Gloria White made fast-moving by Cowan.”
— St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Carol Cowan delivers a bravura performance…Her vocal characterizations are delicious, and her scene transitions are flawless. Cowan brings new meaning to the term ‘theater of the mind.’”
“A bizarre caper mixing financial fraud and murder…White…var[ies] the traditional hard-boiled detective formula by deemphasizing violence in favor of wit and shrewd intelligence.”
“Plot twists will keep YAs intrigued until the very end. Guaranteed to hook even the most reluctant readers.”
— School Library Journal
“Carol Cowan’s reading of this mystery is one of the best dramatic monologues on tape. Listeners will be captivated by an undulating, dynamic mystery. Highly recommended.”
“White’s book is fast-paced and entertaining. Cowan’s rendering is excellent.”
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About Gloria White
Gloria White wrote her first mystery at the age of eight. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in economics and worked in a variety of fields before turning to writing. In addition to writing novels, she has written for Mystery Scene magazine and has served on the board of Mystery Writers of America. She lives in San Francisco.
About Carol Cowan
Dean Koontz is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, including suspense thrillers and books for young readers. His books are published in thirty-six languages, and his worldwide sales top 450 million copies. Several of his books have also been adapted into feature films and television miniseries.