Ellen Hart was named the 2017 MWA Grand Master, the most distinguished lifetime achievement award offered in the mystery community.
Although Eric and Andrew have been trying to keep up a semblance of normal life, they know their thirteen-year-old son Jack has been having a tough time of it since they separated. They've been concerned, but now they're terrified—Jack has run away from home. It happened once before, just after the separation, but then it was only a matter of hours before Eric found him. This time, Jack disappeared with his cousin, and the two of them haven't been seen for more than twenty-four hours. Desperate, Eric and Andrew call on private investigator Jane Lawless, a friend of Andrew's from years ago. Despite the fact that her business partner, A.J. Nolan, is now in a wheelchair and struggling with depression, Jane agrees to help out. But after examining Eric and Andrew's home, Jane's first impression of the case isn't good—in fact, she's not convinced the boys ran away at all. She thinks they may have been abducted…or worse.
Taken by the Wind, the latest riveting mystery from award-winning author and MWA Grand Master Ellen Hart, is a race against the clock for Jane and the terrified parents of two missing boys.
In Lambda Literary Award winner Hart's absorbing 21st mystery featuring Minneapolis, Minn., PI and restaurateur Jane Lawless (after 2012's Rest for the Wicked), Jane's friend Andrew Waltz enlists her help when his 12-year-old son, Jack Lindstrom, and his nephew, Gabriel Born (also 12), go missing on an overnight camping trip. Meanwhile, Andrew and his estranged partner, Eric Lindstrom, must deal with antigay prejudice. Conservatives in the congregation of Suzanne Born, Gabriel's minister mother, don't exactly welcome diversity in their church. Soon a ransom demand arrives for $100,000, and Jane faces unpleasant choices in obtaining the money and in sorting out the roles of potential suspects, who include a local science teacher under pressure for refusing to teach intelligent design. Some unexpected twists and turns, as well as the uncertainties of Jane's love life and the activities of her irrepressible best friend, Cordelia Thorn (a treasure of mystery fiction), will keep the reader guessing.