The national bestselling author of The Marsh Madness takes rare book collector Jordan Bingham on a trip to San Francisco—home to Dashiell Hammett’s hard-boiled heroes—where nothing is as it seems.
On a getaway to the City by the Bay, book collector Jordan Bingham becomes entangled in a mystery with more twists than Lombard Street...
Jordan has been able to swing a romantic trip to San Francisco with Officer Tyler “Smiley” Dekker on one condition—she must return with a rare copy of Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest for her irascible employer, Vera Van Alst. For his own part, Smiley is full of surprises. He’s a Dashiell devotee himself—excited to be in the city of Hammett’s hard-boiled heroes like Sam Spade and the Continental Op—and also announces he plans to visit his previously unmentioned estranged grandmother, who lives in an old Victorian in Pacific Heights.
But the trip goes downhill fast when Jordan is pushed from a cable car and barely escapes death. And when a dark sedan tries to run the couple down, it’s clear someone’s after them—but who? Just like in Hammett’s world, nothing is quite what is seems...
Dashill Hammett eat you heart out!
‘As for me, I hunkered down and pondered how my lovely world of golden age mysteries, priceless first editions and days surrounded by family and friends (and Vera, of course) had morphed into a nightmare with guns and fear.”
Jordan Bingham and Tyler Dekker, The on again off again couple and hero’s of our latest mystery are in San Francisco: He to see his grandmother and visit his favorite sleuth’s base of operations ; she in part, to pick up a signed first of Dashill Hammitt’s Red Harvest. Who would have thought “Smiley” was a Hammett fan?
However, there is more to this trip than meets the eye as Jordan seems to have brought some trouble upon the family reunion starting with ransacked rooms to stolen jewelry. Can Jordan and Tyler unravel the mystery before something unheard of could bring more trouble down on their heads?
This, the fifth in the series, is a little different than the others as it happens outside of Harrison Falls, and the book that is being sought is not really the focus. Reading at times like the worst farce imaginable starring the keystone cops, it morphs into a he said, she said, who said that will pull you along until the glorious ending. A finely developed story that will remain in my memory long after the book is returned. Highly recommended 5/5