When Simon refuses to answer Paula's questions, she interviews his friends and acquaintances. Trouble is, they're almost as secretive as Simon, and she's sure some are lying. When Simon is arrested for his wife's murder, Paula knows she needs to work fast, or Simon will go to prison, probably for life. And might never see his little boy again.
After old flame Steve comes back to town, Paula is excited about the rekindling of their romance. Events turn dangerous, though, and Steve's need to protect Paula might get in the way of her solving the case.
Paula's frustration escalates until the day she discovers some answers from an unexpected source that provide a surprising breakthrough. But when she acts on the information, she puts her own life in danger.
Third novel in the Paula Mitchell, PI, series.
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This mystery novel starts with an exciting action scene and never slows its pace. Jan Christensen writes in the perfect style for female P.I. mysteries—think Sara Paretsky, Marcia Muller and Sue Grafton as comparables. This is the third Paula Mitchell P.I. novel in the series. In it, successful accountant Simon Langford is accused by his wife of abusing their son Henry and she is consulting a divorce attorney. Simon is furious and hires Paula Mitchell’s partner, Geri, an attorney to represent him. Things go from bad to worse as Marissa, Langford’s wife, ends up a murder victim, shot to death in her home. Langford is of course the main suspect. Paula investigates for the client’s sake. However, not only is Langford secretive about his past, making her work more difficult, but his former college classmates, parents and brother are the opposite of helpful as well. Paula does learn that Simon was abused by his own father as a child and that he changed his name when he entered college. Paula interviews numerous people in connection with this case and finally ferrets out all the hidden secrets and who is actually guilty of murder. For a well-written, fast-paced detective mystery you cannot do better. Recommended.