Meet Cassandra Slick--a private investigator who knows that few pleasures in life can compare to a dry martini, a sexy blonde, and serving sweet justice on New Jersey's meanest streets. . .
While other little girls dreamed of growing up to be princesses, Cassandra Slick wanted to be Pam Grier in Foxy Brown, busting bad-ass criminals while yelling "Take that, you jive turkey!" She got her wish, but at the request of her girlfriend Laura--the beautiful, blonde daughter of New Jersey's wealthiest clam magnate--Slick has given up cop life to be a P.I.
Now her former precinct captain, Frank DeStasio, has called on Slick's help to clear a colleague, Tom Brandeal, accused of murdering a gorgeous black prostitute. Brandeal is a homophobe who does the force no favors, but Slick has her own reasons for wanting to know what really happened to her old friend Paradise, a.k.a Gloria Roxley. Scouring the back alleys and red-light districts of Newark--the compost heap of the Garden State--Slick is soon knee-deep in shady senators, crooked cops, fabulous transsexuals, sordid blackmail, and lots and lots of dead bodies--and her troubles are only just beginning. . .
Election season in New Jersey brings out more than dirty politics in Wilbon's edgy, amusing second mystery to feature African-American lesbian PI Cassandra Slick, a former Newark cop, and her white partner, philanthropist Laura Charles (after 2004's Naughty Little Secrets). The members of a private men's club decide they must hire "the perfect scapegoat" to get rid of Paradise, a gorgeous prostitute, because she's been keeping an incriminating journal about her famous clients, including two senatorial candidates. When Paradise winds up dead in Echo Lake and homophobic cop Tom Brandeal becomes the prime murder suspect, Capt. Frank DeStasio, Slick's former boss, asks for Slick's help in exonerating Brandeal. Wilbon skillfully keeps the crime investigation popping with clever twists. Especially appealing are Slick's outrageous Nancy Drew pals, oversize twin transvestite streetwalkers Lady Dijonnaise and Sheleeta Buffet who loved Paradise and deserve their own novel.