"Kies’s sequel to the Sue Grafton Award nominee Shadow Hill is a compelling story for readers who want to follow investigative reporters into the crime scenes."— Library Journal
Geneva encounters a deceptive cast of suspects who pull her into a high-speed chase into the Whisper Room, a dating app for only the most elite members of society—where affairs, blackmail, and murder are all on the menu.
When wealthy men crave no-strings attached encounters, the Whisper Room promises to deliver. Escorts are turning up dead, and Geneva Chase is ready to dive into the exclusive dating ring and catch the killer.
But then one of The Whisper Room's escorts turns up murdered—and she looks a lot like the blond in the blackmail video. The more Genie digs, the more blackmail victims and potential suspects she finds—and the more people she angers. Dangerous people, with links to organized crime and human trafficking. Will this story of a lifetime put a premature end to her own?
A last-minute freelancing job covering Connecticut newscaster Elliot Carlson's hostage situation leads to trouble for reporter Geneva Chase in her busy fifth outing from Kies (after 2021's Shadow Hill). Carlson, with a rifle, has taken his wife hostage in their mansion after a blackmailer released a salacious video of him having sex with an underage girl. His marriage and career destroyed, Carlson blames the Whisper Room app, an online high-end escort service, and its creators for his downfall. After the peaceful resolution of the hostage situation, Geneva tracks down the owner of the Whisper Room, who claims the blackmailer is Matt Boca, a would-be business competitor. Geneva's story turns darker with the discovery of Boca's ties to a sex trafficking ring smuggling teenage girls and the bodies of two Whisper Room escorts surface in Long Island Sound. In the end, Geneva discovers a dreadfully human reason for the murder of the Whisper Room's escorts. Readers will hope to see a lot more of the down-to-earth Geneva, who manages to raise a foster daughter and resist the bottle's siren call while flushing out killers. Sara Paretsky fans will find much to like. Agent: Kimberley Cameron, Kimberley Cameron Assoc.