?Thea Kozak is a terrific, in-your-face, stand-up gal?Stephanie Plum and Thea Kozak would have a lot to say to each other.? Janet Evanovich ?Death at the Wheel is a wonderfully spun story, brimming with the humor and humanity that graced the first two books in the series. A solid winner.? Jeremiah Healy Thea Kozak is smart and funny, a very modern kind of woman who is carving out a career for herself while juggling all the stresses of a working woman?s life. She works too hard. She?s trying to maintain a ...
“Thea Kozak is a terrific, in-your-face, stand-up gal…Stephanie Plum and Thea Kozak would have a lot to say to each other.” Janet Evanovich
“Death at the Wheel is a wonderfully spun story, brimming with the humor and humanity that graced the first two books in the series. A solid winner.” Jeremiah Healy
Thea Kozak is smart and funny, a very modern kind of woman who is carving out a career for herself while juggling all the stresses of a working woman’s life. She works too hard. She’s trying to maintain a long-distance relationship with Andre, the devilishly handsome Maine state trooper she met while trying to solve her sister’s murder. She’s trying to win her critical mother’s approval. She’s trying to find time to get to the gym. And things are about to get a lot more complicated.
Home for Easter dinner, Thea’s mother introduces her to Julie Bass, a sweet young widow whose husband died in a horrific accident at the local auto racetrack. Julie is the woman Thea’s mother wants her to be—one who married a suitable man and produced adorable children. Thea’s mother wants Thea to use her own experience of losing a husband to help Julie deal with widowhood. Thea is sympathetic, but she’s also very busy. And she’s reluctant to revive the pain that helping Julie will bring.
But when the “accident” turns out to be murder and Julie is arrested, Thea is drawn into the search for the real killer. The search takes her from crooked rednecks to banking’s back offices, through a maze of scary people and a web of lies and liars, until Thea must face the possibility that she not only may be unable to save Julie, she may not be able to save herself.
Visiting her folks for Easter, series star Thea Kozak, last seen in Death in a Funhouse Mirror (Forge: Tor, 1995), meets Julie, a distraught young widow whose husband died suddenly in a fiery wreck. Accident turns into murder, however, and the police arrest Julie. Little of what the fragile-seeming, sweet-talking woman tells Thea survives under investigation: Thea ends up threatened, abused, and nearly killed before events sort themselves out with the assistance of her detective boyfriend. Anima
It's hard not to like Thea Kozak, the smart and spunky private detective who first took flight with the solid Chosen for Death and then went ballistic with Death in a Funhouse Mirror. By now, Thea's sharp eye, even sharper tongue, and deadly aim have become part of the mystery landscape. This third adventure--set in the nasty world of auto racing--only reinforces that status.
Attorney Kate Flora’s eleven books include seven series mysteries, two gritty police procedurals, a suspense thriller (written as Katharine Clark) and a true crime. Finding Amy was a 2007 Edgar nominee and has been filmed for TV. Her current projects include Death Dealer, a true crime involving a Canadian serial killer, a screenplay, and a novel in linked stories. Flora’s short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including the Sara Paretsky edited collection, Sisters on the Case. She spent seven years as editor and publisher at Level Best Books. Flora is a former international president of Sisters in Crime, and a founding member of the New England Crime Bake conference. She teaches writing for Grub Street in Boston. Her third police procedural, Redemption, will be published in February 2012.