P.I.'s in Print L to Z


June 13, 2021

Mosley, Walter. TROUBLE IS WHAT I DO. Mulholland Books. January '21. $15.99. "Morally ambiguous P.I. Leonid McGill is back - and investigating crimes against society's most downtrodden - in this installment of the beloved detective series from an Edgar Award-winning and bestselling crime novelist. Leonid McGill's spent a lifetime building up his reputation in the New York investigative scene. His seemingly infallible instinct and inside knowledge of the crime world make him the ideal man to help when Phillip Worry comes knocking. Phillip 'Catfish' Worry is a 92-year-old Mississippi bluesman who needs Leonid's help with a simple task: deliver a letter revealing the black lineage of a wealthy heiress and her corrupt father. Unsurprisingly, the opportunity to do a simple favor while shocking the prevailing elite is too much for Leonid to resist. But when a famed and feared assassin puts a hit on Catfish, Leonid has no choice but to confront the ghost of his own felonious past. Working to protect his client and his own family, Leonid must reach the heiress on the eve of her wedding before her powerful father kills those who hold their family's secret. Joined by a team of young and tough aspiring investigators, Leonid must gain the trust of wary socialites, outsmart vengeful thugs, and, above all, serve the truth - no matter the cost."

Muller, Marcia. ICE AND STONE. Grand Central. August '21. $28.00. Twentyu-seventh in the Sharon McCone series. "In remote Northern California, private investigator Sharon McCone goes undercover to investigate the murders of two indigenous women in this gripping, atmospheric mystery in the New York Times bestselling series. When the bodies of two Indigenous women are found in the wilderness of northern California, it is only the latest horrific development in a string of similar crimes in the area. Despite all evidence to the contrary, officials rule the deaths isolated incidents, which soon join the ranks of countless other unsolved cases quickly dismissed by law enforcement. In a town where too many injustices are tolerated or brushed under the rug, only a few people remain who refuse to let a killer walk free. But Private Investigator Sharon McCone is one of those few. She is hired by an organization called Crimes against Indigenous Sisters to go undercover in Meruk County - a community rife with secrets, lies, and corruption - to expose the truth. In an isolated cabin in the freezing, treacherous woods, McCone must work quickly to unravel a mystery that is rooted in profound evil - before she becomes the killer's next target." Simultaneous release on Audio CD from Hachette and Blackstone.

Ravenel, M. THE ARRANGEMENT: A Plainclothes Tootsie Mystery. Chikara Press. March '21. $9.99. "Another case has fallen onto the desk of Tootsie Carter; a female detective armed with a snub-nosed Colt .38, unmatchable wit, and a pocketful of Tootsie Rolls. New York City, 1975... A missing wife. The seedy underbelly of the boxing world. Lace your gloves and ring the bell, PI Tootsie Carter is on the case. When a desperate man stumbles into her office, pleading for help locating his wife, Tootsie launches into the investigation Following the clues, she uncovers a boxing racketeer with a deadly agenda. Can Toosie deliver the one-two punch that brings the woman home safe? Or will more bodies fall to the mats?

Spillane, Mickey & Collins, Max Allan. MIKE HAMMER - MURDER, MY LOVE. Titan Books. August '20. $8.99. "Hammer is summoned to a meeting with Jamie Winters, United States Senator from New York, and Jamie's lovely, very smart wife, Nicole, considered by many to be the power behind the throne. Winters is being blackmailed, and Hammer is given a list of suspects who may be behind the threats to the Senator's career. But when the suspects begin to drop like flies, Hammer realises there is more to this case than just a salacious tape."

Tomlinson, Max. VANISHING IN THE HAIGHT: A Mystery. Oceanview Publishing. September '20. $15.99. First of three in the Colleen Hayes series. Ex-con turned Private Eye Colleen Hayes is trying to survive in San Francisco in the 1970s. As if trying to avoid her lecherous parole officer and trying to find her teenage daughter isn't enough, the case she accepts from the very wealthy Edward Copeland will send her into great danger. Copeland hires her to solve the murder of his daughter who was found in Golden Gate Park eleven years ago. All he wants is to die in peace knowing what happened to her. Having killed her ex and spending a long time in prison, Coleen understands his need and sets off on a very dangerous mission coming up against corrupt policemen and the nasty underbelly of the city. Can she find clues others missed and solve the case while trying to stay alive?

Welsh-Huggins, Andrew. AN EMPTY GRAVE: AN Andy Hayes Mystery. Swallow Press. June '21. $21.95. "Private investigator Andy Hayes takes the assignment against his better judgment. In 1979, a high-profile burglar shot a cop, was apprehended, and then disappeared without ever being prosecuted. Forty years later, after the wounded cop's suicide, his son, Preston Campbell, is convinced there's been a cover-up that allowed his father's attacker to go free. At first, Hayes dismisses Campbell's outlandish conspiracy theories. But when a mysterious Cold War connection to the burglar emerges, the investigation heats up, and Hayes discovers a series of deaths that seem to be connected, one way or another, to the missing criminal. Nothing seems to add up, though, and Hayes finds himself hurtling headlong down a decades-old path of deadly secrets. In the midst of cracking the cold case, Hayes has another mystery to solve closer to home: What's been troubling his younger son, Joe, and why is his ex-wife so eager to have the boy out of her house? Further complicating matters, Hayes learns that another private eye, the captivating but inscrutable Hillary Quinne, is also on the trail of the vanished burglar and needs Hayes's help. As their professional and personal lives blur, Hayes wonders what he's gotten himself into, and whether he really wants out."

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