'Taut, smart and electrifying.' Liv Constantine
Who is Claire Gravesend?
So wonders PI Lee Crowe when he finds her dead, in a fine cocktail dress, on top of a Rolls Royce in the most dangerous neighbourhood in San Francisco.
Claire's mother doesn't believe the coroner: her daughter did not kill herself. But the questions about the Gravesend family pile up fast.
Until Crowe finds their secret home in San Francisco. Sleeping in an upstairs bedroom, he finds Claire and as far as he can tell, she's alive...
San Francisco PI Leland Crowe, the narrator of this page-turner from Moore (The Night Market), investigates the alleged suicide of the only daughter of one of California's wealthiest women. When Claire Gravesend, a student attending Harvard University, is found dead on top of a Rolls Royce and wearing a black cocktail dress in the city's seedy Tenderloin neighborhood, the coroner quickly deems the death a suicide but Claire's mother wants more information and enlists Crowe's help. After fending off an attacker while searching Claire's residence in Boston, Crowe connects the pieces which include horrific scars on Claire's back from her childhood, the mysterious origins of her birth, and her interest in stem cell research to uncover a conspiracy that those involved are willing to murder to keep hidden. Though the disgraced and divorced Crowe is largely a genre clich , a well-crafted plot, relentless pacing, and the highly satisfying conclusion more than compensate. Equal parts mystery and thriller, this standalone is a winner.