“Exciting. … Dawson keeps the suspense high as Jeri seeks to find her brother before it’s too late. ” —Publishers Weekly Oakland PI Jeri Howard tackles her most personal case yet. Her brother, Brian, has disappeared and has been missing for four days before she is notified. The trail is getting colder as the anxious PI searches for Brian across Sonoma County for clues to explain why he disappeared. She’d thought Brian’s life was in great shape. But her investigation uncovers cracks in his marriage and problems with his job. To complicate matters, there’s a body on a boat along with Brian’s MedicAlert bracelet, and two police detectives who think Brian is involved in the homicide. Meanwhile, the clock keeps ticking….
In Dawson's exciting 11th Jeri Howard mystery (after 2011's Bit Player), the California PI is relieved to discover that a burned body shot through the chest is not that of her school teacher brother, Brian, who's gone missing. Since Brian's MedicAlert bracelet was found near the corpse on a burned boat in rural Sonoma County, the police suspect Brian is the killer. Brian's wife only knows he was planning a solo weekend camping trip in Sonoma County. But there appear to be problems in their marriage. Was Brian a witness to murder, or is he running from a tough personal situation? It soon becomes clear that his life is in danger, but from whom? This may be the toughest case in Jeri's career. Not only is it family, but she has no idea what she's investigating. Dawson keeps the suspense high as Jeri seeks to find her brother before it's too late.