Results of the Shamus Award in the year 1992.
For many of the inhabitants of Azaela, California, life centers around the Reverend Vernon Bauer’s church. But when Bauer’s son Billy, disappears, few seem willing to help private investigator Dave Strickland find him.
Neal Carey is not your usual private eye. A graduate student at Columbia University, he grew up on the streets of New York, usually on the wrong side of the law. Then he met Joe Graham, a one-armed P.I. who introduced him to the Bank, an exclusive New England institution with a sideline in keeping its wealthy clients happy and out of trouble. They pay Neal’s college tuition, and Neal gets an education that can’t be found in any textbook—from learning how to trail a suspect to mastering the proper way to search a room.
Now its payback time. The Bank wants Neal to put his skills to work in finding Allie Chase, the rebellious teenage daughter of a prominent senator. The problem: Allie has gone underground in London, and to get her back, Neal has to follow her into the punk scene, a violent netherworld where drugs run rampant and rage is the name of the game. Up against punk junkies, antique book thieves, and murderous betrayal, Neal has his work cut out for him to save Allie—and get back above ground for good.
Set in Pennsylvania Amish country, this new mystery series introduces disbarred lawyer, now P.I., Dave Garrett. Searching for a man who disappeared seven years ago and is presumed dead, Garrett encounters some people who don’t want the dead man found—and will kill to keep it that way. “An exceptional first mystery.”—Publishers Weekly.