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“Mother Teresa with a bankroll” is P.I. Thomas Black’s first impression of Lainie Smith. Her rise from rags to riches and her bottomless generosity on behalf of Seattle’s children are something out of a Frank Capra movie. But that sentimental assessment is obliterated as Black investigates Lainie’s hidden past—and a purportively tranquil spot called Deception Pass.
As a rebellious teen, Lainie hooked up with a drifter named Charlie—and she may have been an eyewitness to murder in the shadow of cliff-walled Deception Pass, where the water runs river-swift and turbulent. When justice, and the executioner, finally caught up with Charlie, Lainie was long gone.
But somebody who knows the truth—the whole truth—about Lainie’s dark history is blackmailing her. Lainie won’t tell Thomas Black why she’s being blackmailed, only that her tormentor “knows things he couldn’t possibly know.” Just how far will Black’s saint-like client go to bury her past forever?
For a one-way passage to nonstop suspense, travel no farther than Deception Pass.
As sole heir to his beloved granddaddy’s fortune, noble and naive Lance Tyner wants to use the money for the good of mankind. But some not-so-good specimens of the species—including Lance’s conniving father, sleazy brother, and spoiled sister—have much more selfish plans in mind.
Now Lance has vanished. And P.I. Thomas Black must follow his trail into the sad and scary places where the dregs of humanity struggle to stay alive—and where men like Lance and Black too often end up dead….
Marian Wright is an amateur sleuth in the employ of two attractive young women eager to catch up with their no-account ex-lovers. But when Marian’s investigation ends abruptly and ferociously, Seattle private eye Thomas Black has a new case on his hands.
Picking up the pieces of Marian Wright’s search for her clients’ rogue boyfriends, Thomas encounters a network of people—from ex-cons and prostitutes to other private investigators—all webbed together by a chilling common thread. It’s a discovery that speaks volumes about the zealousness of Marian’s manhunt, and even suggests a monstrous reason for her sudden death. Yet equally monstrous is an unknown, baseball bat-wielding assailant who seems hell-bent on making sure Thomas Black’s investigation stays closed….