Life at Latin's Ranch adult care home is anything but restful. In HARD TO BEAR, the second in the PI Bear Jacobs series, a vicious gang is producing old-fashioned snuff films with a violent new twist: custom-order murder for sale. Innocent victims are being kidnapped and murdered, and Bear, a cane-wielding, XXL grouch of a shamus, investigates. He is aware there is enough evil loose in the land that there is a market for such things.
Bear's sidekick and eWatson, Lily Gilbert, is back in action, too, keeping the case notes in a style all her own. Meanwhile, the quirky life at the adult home goes on as Lily's daughter draws a bead on a hot new lover, the mob capo living there comes out of hiding, one of the octogenarians takes up a new craft to everyone's dismay, and their caregiver takes in a baby to protect.
Unbeknown to them all, they come under danger themselves as Bear joins forces with an avenging mobster family, a special forces soldier tormented by PTSD, and a pack of mad dogs. Together, they seek out the evil that has taken root in the Pacific Northwest woods.