“Sensational writing, mordant wit, an intricate crime puzzle...” Harlan Ellison
Hardboiled private eye Leo Bloodworth and his self-appointed partner, fifteen-year-old Serendipity Dahlquist, are back in a wild and deadly new mystery that’s every bit as brilliant and memorable as SLEEPING DOG, a New York Times Book of the Year, a Nero Wolfe Award winner, and a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus and Anthony Awards.
“Dancingly macabre, packed with perils, pungent with humor.”
The Sunday Times (London)
This time, Leo and Serendipity are on the trail of a teenage runaway and missing pair of sapphire earring, two seemingly separate, increasingly dangerous cases rife with gang members, designer drugs, killer birds, DIY plastic surgery…and a terrorist plot that could plunge sunny Southern California into a permanent nuclear winter.
“An intelligent, playful, knowledgeable writer… Lochte has a great gift for the grotesquerie.” Los Angeles Times
“Deliciously humorous and touching.” Publishers Weekly
Lochte's debut in Sleeping Dogs attracted critical raves and an army of fans, beguiled by the orphaned adolescent Serendipity (Sarah) Dahlquist and veteran private investigator Leo Bloodworth of Los Angeles. The 15-year-old sleuth and her unwilling partner again take turns telling their stories about separate cases, eventually linked to one mind-boggling conspiracy. While Leo is in Italy on the trail of a jewel thief and being framed for the murder of a gang member, Sarah disobeys orders and helps a client, Terry Manion from New Orleans, trace his missing niece. Outwitting his attackers, Leo returns home to learn that Sarah has survived kidnap attempts and other dangers in her zeal to succeed at sleuthing. The complications and threats increase with every turn of events right up to the hair-trigger climax at a coastal nuclear power plant. There Leo and his friends from the police force race to save Sarah and her grandmother, captives of a criminal genius and his duped followers. The story is a mystery-fairy tale with deliciously humorous and touching moments that contrast sharply with the evil deeds of villains whose aliasesArchie Leach, George Kerby, etc.offer clues to movie buffs. Mystery Club dual selection.