Synopses & Reviews
New York City private investigator Sydney Sloane has enough drama in her own family to make her normally shy away from such cases professionally. But this one is different. Her friend, and father of her godchild, Captain John Cannady of the NYPD has been critically shot in the hallway of his own apartment building, with few traces of the shooter left behind. Just after the shooting, his wife Peggy got a call from a man claiming to be the son she gave up for adoption after an unfortunate teen pregnancy. His claims and his desire for revenge chills the already upset wife. With four days to find some sort of solution, Sydney agrees to track down the long-ago child and protect the family of the man clinging to life in the hospital. With her own family undergoing a tramatic situation of its own, Sloane's skills are put to their ultimate test.
"Ex-cop and New York PI Sydney Sloane's personal and professional lives inextricably and uncomfortably intertwine in her seventh enjoyable outing from Lambda Award winner Lordon (after 2001's East of Niece). Sloane's lover, Leslie, is concerned about her widowed mother, who's engaged to a man whose previous wives have tended to die soon after their marriage. She wants Sloane to investigate, but Sloane would rather keep herself and her detective agency out of it. Meanwhile, John Cannady, a former NYPD police colleague and husband of her good friend Peggy, falls victim to a shooting ambush that leaves him in critical condition. Strained relations with Leslie add to her load as Sloane tries to lend support to Peggy, whose past holds the key to Cannady's shooting. Because Lordon telegraphs some of the plot twists, readers may at times be ahead of Sloane, who puts in a lot of solid detective work, aided and abetted by an interesting cast of characters. The author presents Sloane's lesbianism neither as a cross to bear nor as a flag to wave, but simply as part of her identity. Agent, Henry Morrison. (Feb. 10)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
is the author of seven previous books in the Sydney Sloane series. She works for an internet support company and lives in Amagansett, New York.