Stone Cold Red Hot (Sal Kilkenny Series #4)

Stone Cold Red Hot (Sal Kilkenny Series #4)

by Cath Staincliffe

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A twenty-year old disappearance and racial tensions in the neighborhood keep private eye Sal Kilkenny on her toes


A twenty-year old disappearance and racial tensions in the neighborhood keep private eye Sal Kilkenny on her toes

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Publishers Weekly
The "stone cold" in the title of British author Staincliffe's (Looking for Trouble) excellent fifth Sal Kilkenny PI mystery refers to the traces of a young woman, Jennifer Pickering, who went missing 20 years before. For some initially undisclosed reason, her parents deemed her a disgrace. Her mother refuses to have her name mentioned even now. But younger brother Roger, who loved her as a boy, hires Sal to determine what became of her. Jennifer disappeared without saying goodbye to anyone, and has not contacted any of her friends since. "Red hot" refers to Sal's second problem: a Muslim family from Somalia that is the target of neo-Nazi youths determined to drive them from their home. The Neighborhood Nuisance Unit hires Sal to observe the situation with a camcorder from a neighbor's house to get evidence against the thugs. It is immediately obvious that the local police are indifferent to the increasingly dangerous plight of the family. The two cases unexpectedly come together in a whirlwind denouement. Sal, an intelligent, workmanlike sleuth, tends to discern the facts rather than jump to conclusions. Staincliffe's depiction of Sal's domestic life is exceptionally good: she and her little girl live with her partner, Ray, who is also a single parent with a little boy. Another principal character is the city of Manchester, England, of which both author and detective are fond. This fine piece of craftsmanship is a very pleasant, well-paced read. (Sept.) FYI: Looking for Trouble was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasy Award. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
British private eye Sal Kilkenny lives with her daughter and another single parent and his child near Manchester. The arrangement allows kid coverage for both parents, so Sal can take on undercover surveillance gathering evidence in a racially disturbed housing project. She also searches for an unmarried pregnant woman who went missing some 23 years ago, rejected by her religiously fanatical parents. The racial incidents escalate, deeply buried family secrets emerge, and murder will out. Traditional fare, ably handled and strongly recommended. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

Allison & Busby, Limited
Publication date:
Sal Kilkenny Series, #4
Product dimensions:
4.46(w) x 7.08(h) x 0.78(d)

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Cath Staincliffe is the author of five previous Sal Kilkenny novels. She is based in Manchester, England which is the setting for her books, and a founder member of internationally renowned Murder Squad.

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