A musical cold case has Cullen and Cobb back on the beat.
On February 28, 1965, a young singer named Ellie Foster stepped into the alley behind The Depression, a Calgary folk club where she shared the bill with Joni Anderson, later to become famous as Joni Mitchell. During a cigarette break in the back alley, Ellie was forced into a car and the musicians with her were shot and killed. The investigation that followed turned up no sign of the kidnappers, and Ellie Foster was never seen again.
Now, more than fifty years after the singer’s disappearance, Ellie’s granddaughter approaches Cullen and Cobb to try to find out what happened to her grandmother. The search for the truth about Ellie Foster takes the two investigators straight into the past. They find themselves investigating a failed political assassination and discover that there are those who will stop at nothing, even half a century later, to ensure that certain secrets remain untold.
The captivating third mystery (following Dead Air) in Poulsen's series featuring Mike Cobb, an ex-cop turned private investigator, and Adam Cullen, a freelance journalist, begins when a young woman named Monica Brill asks Cobb to find her grandmother, who was kidnapped in Calgary, Alberta, in 1965. At first hesitant to take on such a cold case, Cobb becomes intrigued with the mystery of how Monica's grandmother, Ellie Foster, an aspiring folksinger, was forced into a car in the alley behind the folk coffee club where she was billed with Joni Anderson (later known as Joni Mitchell). But 51 years later, the club has long since closed; possible witnesses are, for the most part, dead or no longer lucid; and clues are scarce except for a CD someone put in Monica's car. She is certain it is a recording of Ellie. Aided by Cullen's music savvy, Cobb and Cullen immerse themselves in the '60s music scene and find an unexpected political connection to Ellie's disappearance. This tense, suspenseful story has plenty of humor and offers vivid glimpses into Canadian music history.