"Maleeny does a nice job of showing us the cutthroat side of the movie industry. Keep 'em coming." —Booklist
When a movie producer hurtles to his death from the top of the Golden Gate Bridge, an apparent suicide, it shocks the film community and puts a two hundred million dollar production in jeopardy. A female colleague comes forward claiming it was murder, but the police are skeptical. Preoccupied by a sudden drug war between the tong gangs of Chinatown and the mob, they listen to her story and send her packing.
She turns to private detective Cape Weathers, who believes her just enough to let her pay his day rate. Then two Russian gangsters show up on his doorstep and tell him to drop the case or die. Cape and his partner Sally—a female assassin raised by the Triads—take on the Russian mob, a major movie studio, and a recalcitrant police department by enlisting the help of rogue cops, computer hackers, and an investigative journalist who just doesn't give a damn. But with a sniper on their trail, the challenge will be staying alive long enough to learn the truth.
Maleeny's second Cape Weathers mystery (after Stealing the Dragon) engages the reader without insisting that it be taken too seriously. While others have viciously lampooned the movie industry, Maleeny finds some new aspects to skewer when movie producer Grace Calloway hires reporter-turned-PI Weathers to probe the alleged suicide of Tom Abrahams, her high-powered Hollywood colleague. Soon Russian gangsters are calling on Weathers in his office, and he winds up with a gunshot wound in his side. Aided by the beautiful and deadly Sally Mei, Weathers finds evidence that the motive for Abrahams's murder may be connected with creative accounting. The snappy writing and a parallel plot of drug-dealing Italian and Chinese mobsters keeps the pace lively and will resonate with Elmore Leonard fans.