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Bodyguard to a glamorous, bestselling novelist?
It’s the last kind of case that San Francisco private investigator John Marshall Tanner would normally accept. But Chandelier Wells comes with a personal referral Tanner cannot refuse.
For all her money and fame, Chandelier is scared. Someone is sending anonymous notes: If you don’t stop, you will die! Stop what? She says she doesn’t know, and she has no time to find out before beginning the publicity tour for her new book, Shaloon.
Chandelier writes romantic suspense, but she takes on tough issues. Shaloon attacks the cosmetics industry, and next year’s book, just finished in manuscript, dissects the luxury cruise business. Could the research for her books have made…[more]
John Marshall Tanner is a reluctant survivor. Some days, as he lies in a hospital bed struggling to recuperate from a near-fatal gunshot wound, he figures life is hardly worth living.
One of the few people who can bring him out of his depression is young Rita Lombardi, in the hospital for surgery on a disfiguring birthmark and clubfeet. Rita and Tanner walk the halls together, pulling their IVs behind them, discussing the big and small issues of life: Rita’s love for her friend Carlos and her passion for her special corner of the world—the strawberry fields of California’s Salinas Valley.
Rita has been around the strawberry industry since childhood, and she knows that strawberry picking is brutally hard work, and that only the landowners make money from it. In Mexico the fruit is called The Fruit of the Devil, perhaps not an inappropriate…[more]
“Marsh? It’s Peggy.” The words strike like lightning bolts into the life of John Marshall Tanner, reopening old wounds, rekindling old desires. The speaker is Peggy Nettleton, Tanner’s former secretary and former lover, who left his life six years earlier in circumstances too painful to remember. Now Peggy lives in Seattle and is about to marry Ted Evans, a wealthy investment banker. But Peggy has a problem—Nina Evans, Ted’s beautiful young daughter by a previous marriage, is missing. The young model has disappeared into Seattle’s netherworld after posing for some nude photographs. Peggy’s marriage can’t go forward until Nina is found. Peggy calls on her old boss for help.
From art galleries to strip clubs, from porn kings to computer wizards, Tanner trails Nina to her oppressor’s lair. He will be tested as never before as he learns more than he cares to know about Peggy and the man to whom she is betrothed, and about the world of digital imagery and its capacity to generate electric evils.