She's first G in GGI: Gibson, Graham International, the investigative and security company founded by ex-criminal defense attorney Carole Ann Gibson and ex-DC homicide detective Jacob Graham. It didn't take long for the DC-based company to earn a reputation as one of the best in the business. Their newest job: Guide a newly independent Caribbean nation enter the 21 century. The island nation contracts GGI to do it all--from the establishment of a police force to bringing telephone service to the island to ensuring that modern, international security protocols protect the new president and his ministers as they conduct business. Then the president's two body guards are murdered and GGI must build a police department in a hurry. A fugitive drug dealer from DC is hiding out on the island, construction of a road to the new government building is sabotaged and the foreman murdered, and CA is attacked in the yard of her home on the island. And she's on her own this time--nothing to fall back on but her her own skill, wit, and the new chief of the island's new five person police force. This is a story of blackmail, family secrets, political sacrifice and, ultimately, betrayal.
The protagonist in this fourth book in Mickelbury's series of atmospheric mysteries (The Step Between, etc.) is Carole Ann Gibson, an African-American criminal defense attorney and half-owner of Gibson, Graham International, a flourishing private security company in Washington, D.C. Carole Ann and her partner in the firm, Jake Graham, a hard-boiled former homicide cop, work well together, although they spend a lot of time arguing good-naturedly over their different approaches to criminal justice. One of their new clients, the president of the Caribbean island of Isle de Paix, hires them to set up the infrastructure and security arrangements needed if the island is to attract tourists after the sudden and mysterious departure of a long-term Communist dictator. Just before Carole Ann leaves to oversee work on the island, a judge that she knows is killed in D.C., and an accused drug dealer, Denis St. Almain, is suspected of the murder. When she arrives on Isle de Paix, Carole Ann is horrified to discover that violence--and St. Almain himself--are present on the beautiful, unspoiled island as well. An employee on a road-building project she's supervising is killed and the heavy equipment torched. In order to do her job, Carole Ann must discover who is wreaking havoc in this island paradise. Unfortunately, this mediocre mystery doesn't stray far from the obvious, and the conventional characters, depicted in unlikely situations, make for uninspiring reading. The author provides little suspense, but she does create an attractive Caribbean setting.