Ex-IRS agent turned gumshoe-in-training, Mortimer Angel, is approached by a beautiful hooker, Holiday, in a casino bar in Reno. Mort first met Holiday two months ago, but now learns that she’s not really a hooker. She’s a college engineering student, searching for her younger sister, Allie, who disappeared three months ago. Having seen Mort in the news, Holiday knows he’s a PI who finds missing persons. While in the bar with Mort, Holiday gets an unexpected phone call from Allie who says she’s in Gerlach, a small town in Nevada. The call is cut off. Holiday hires Mort on the spot, dragging him off to Gerlach. When Mort finds a connection between Allie and US Senator Harry “Liar” Reinhart, a presidential candidate who vanished without a trace three days ago, things quickly turn deadly—very deadly.
Early in Leininger's fast-paced, action-packed second novel to feature PI-in-training Mortimer Angel (after 2015's Gumshoe), the wisecracking Mort, who's temporarily alone while his boss/fianc e Jeri DiFrazzia is away, meets beautiful Holiday Breeze, whom he assumes is a hooker, in a Reno, Nev., bar. It turns out that Holiday is actually Sarah Dellario, a University of Nevada civil engineering student. She's searching for her younger sister, Allison, who worked as a prostitute and has gone missing. Mort agrees to help her find Allison. The sexual tension between the two is palpable especially because of Sarah's penchant for taking off her clothes and parading naked in front of Mort. But this tension, coupled with the relentless sexual objectification of Sarah, gets old quickly and overshadows the plot, which also involves Mort receiving a package containing a severed hand. When the brutally unexpected conclusion comes, it's jarring and tonally incompatible with what started out as a relatively lighthearted story.