The Sweet Golden Parachute, Handler's fifth novel in this charming and edgy series displays his deftness in creating memorable, distinctive characters and for crafting uniquely entertaining mysteries.
A storm is brewing in Dorset.
Poochie Vickers, the local aristocrat, is becoming even more eccentric in her old age. She's taken up shoplifting and reckless driving but refuses to see a doctor. Her worrisome daughter, Claudia, is angling to take over the family fortune, which makes some of the would-be beneficiaries uneasy. Two of Dorset's biggest troublemakers are being released from prison. And the bad blood between these two families, rich on the one hand, swamp Yankee on the other, could come to a boiling point: Two young people from the families are dating, to no one's delight but their own.
Someone is bound to snap, and someone does, resulting in the brutal murder of a harmless and homeless man who went about town collecting recyclables.
While Des is trying to track down the murderer, she's also trying to wrap her head around the idea of marrying Mitch. When so many things are going wrong, loving someone seems like a big risk.
"Handler once again delivers a top-notch tale of crime and intrigue." - Publishers Weekly
Rumor has it around Dorset, Conn., that film critic Mitch Berger and police trooper Desir e "Des" Mitry have broken up due to Mitch's ill-timed marriage proposal in their diverting fifth adventure (after 2004'sThe Burnt Orange Sunrise ). But before the town's resident odd couple can resolve the big question, a homeless man known as Pete is found slain near the home of famed chef Poochie Vickers. It's quite a coincidence that Pete is murdered just as Poochie's prize Mercedes Benz is stolen, right after local bad boys Stevie and Donnie Kershaw have been released from prison. Everyone knows there are decades of bad blood between the Kershaws and the Vickers, and Poochie's Mercedes proves to be the tip of the iceberg. When a second body turns up, it's clear the blood feud between Dorset's Montagues and Capulets will take a devastating toll on the town unless Mitch and Des can unravel a twisted tale of love, hate, greed and cold-blooded murder. Handler once again delivers a top-notch tale of crime and intrigue.