*** Library Journal SELF-e Selection ***
Enter the world of Crescent City, an alternate 1930s "Chinese Los Angeles" and home turf of PI Lola Starke...
It's a straightforward case: find a missing husband who spends his days examining stamps. Still reeling from recent tragecy, however, Lola wants to pass altogether, more so since her over-protective ghost Aubrey insists it's the perfect case to ease back into things. But the wife is adamant that something bad has happened. What's a shamus to do—especially when the missing man works just down the hall?
But straight ain't in the cards, not in the middle of a high-stakes business deal involving the City's most powerful film studio, a wily gangster, a shady fence for stolen goods, a rival PI...and a rare stamp. When her client is kidnapped, Lola discovers just how far she's willing to go to save the woman and her missing husband.
This is the '30s and this is Crescent City, where gangsters and thieves are thick on the ground and the film studios are the biggest game in town. Where smiles hide secrets ad good intentions mean nothing. Where the only question is, what will it take to be last woman standing?