"Taut, smart and electrifying." —Liv Constantine
A new thriller from a writer who’s been compared to Michael Crichton, Alfred Hitchcock, Raymond Chandler, Blake Crouch, and David Cronenberg takes us to the most menacing core of California’s upper crust, a class of billionaires with more money than they could spend in an eternity.
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 neighborhood in San Francisco. Claire’s mother, Olivia, is one of the richest people in California. She doesn’t believe the coroner: her daughter did not kill herself. Olivia hires Crowe, who—having just foiled a federal case against a cartel kingpin—is eager for distraction. But the questions about the Gravesend family pile up fast.
First, the autopsy reveals round scars running down Claire’s spine, old marks Olivia won’t explain. Then, Crowe visits Claire’s Boston townhouse and has to fend off an armed intruder. Is it the Feds out for revenge? Or is this connected to the Gravesends? He leaves Boston afraid, but finds his way to Claire’s secret San Francisco pied-à-terre. It’s there that his questions come to a head. Sleeping in an upstairs bedroom, he finds Claire—her face, her hair, her scars—and as far as he can tell, she’s alive. And Crowe’s back at the start:
Who is Claire Gravesend?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Blood Relations’s hard-nosed private eye, Lee Crowe, seems like he’s been plucked from a classic hard-boiled detective novel or noir film, but the book’s Bay Area setting is 100% contemporary. A ridiculously rich woman hires Jonathan Moore’s low-rent antihero to prove that her daughter’s death was not a suicide; what he uncovers is beyond the most paranoid conspiracy theorist’s wildest dreams. The contrast between an old-school detective and a modern world full of high-tech tools and slippery morals gives extra momentum to a mystery that’s already a propulsive page-turner.
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.
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