“An entertaining outing” in the series featuring a tough San Francisco stuntwoman by an Anthony Award-winning author (Booklist).
Stunt double Darcy Lott is on location at the Port of Oakland, positioned for a power slide—a dangerous trick in which she falls off a bike and skids under an eighteen-wheeler. But things go awry when her stunt driver—and on-again, off-again boyfriend—Damon has a truck malfunction and Darcy is injured. Now tensions between them are higher than ever, and Darcy is already stressed by pressure from her siblings to search for Mike, their missing brother.
When Guthrie observes that the shipping containers headed for Asia would be a good place to hide out or stash a body, Darcy thinks with horror of Mike. Is this where her brother could be? Darcy’s usual connections in the police department are suddenly shutting her out, so she’s on her own in a desperate quest to find a link between the port and her brother. The hunt will lead her to the canyons of Los Angeles, a ranch hidden in the desert, and ultimately to a horrifying discovery in San Francisco . . .
Now Darcy has a murder to solve along with a missing persons case, in this suspenseful mystery by an Anthony and Macavity Award winner.
“Susan Dunlap is one of the best.” —The San Diego Union Tribune
“An original new detective . . . an intriguing new series.” —Library Journal
In Dunlap's subdued fourth mystery to feature San Francisco stunt double Darcy Lott (after 2009's Civil Twilight), Darcy's on-again/off-again boyfriend and fellow stuntman, Damon Guthrie, confesses part of a shameful secret about his past. Before revealing more, he asks the definitely alarmed Darcy to bring John, her cop brother, to a meeting at the Palace of the Fine Arts. En route to the meeting, Damon dies in a suspicious car accident, and once again Darcy turns sleuth. Darcy also resumes her overdue search for her brother, Mike, who's been missing for more than 20 years. As she nimbly juggles both investigations, Darcy's snooping puts her in the crosshairs of those responsible for Damon's murder. While Dunlap's appealing Zen detective retains her cool, some readers may find it hard to believe that the astute Darcy would date a man for six or seven years without knowing more about him than she does. A far-fetched subplot about collectible movie memorabilia adds some local color.