Mardi Gras whips New Orleans' French Quarter into a whirlpool of excess, color, booze, noise, motion. So the woman in the sights of Will Novak's binoculars stands out. She's bruised, barefoot, wearing a man's raincoat. And she's looking right at him.
In a moment she's fleeing into the crowd, but Novak knows she's not gone for good. When she comes back, it's with a gun to his head-and a story about crony politics, a crooked judge, a kidnapped whistleblower, and children in deadly danger. Novak can't let this one slide.
Through the grit of Houston's underbelly to the grime below Beverly Hills' glamor, a trickle of rot connects the powerful to the desperate and corrupts the men and women who are supposed to stand against it. Deceit is everywhere. If he's going to do right, Novak is going to have to do it alone . . .
Praise For Linda Ladd's Claire Morgan Thrillers
"One of the most creepy, crawly, and compelling psychological thrillers ever." -Fresh Fiction
"Chilling, compelling suspense...be prepared to lose sleep!" -Eileen Dryer
"Exciting, thrill-a-minute!" -Midwest Book Review
"Plenty of suspense and surprises." -Publishers Weekly