Synopses & Reviews
A new smart and sassy mystery featuring intrepid stunt double and Zen student Darcy Lott
When her Zen teacher is attacked in front of her by a silent, hoodie-clad assailant, Darcy Lott feels uncharacteristically helpless. If she cannot identify Garson-roshi's attacker, she cannot protect him. For whoever it is will surely strike again.
But who would have a reason to assault this wise and gentle man? As she questions her fellow students and other acquaintances of the Zen master, it becomes clear that Garson-roshi has been keeping secrets from Darcy. What happened while he was living in Japan? And where does he disappear to on the last Wednesday of every month?
Distracted by the possibility of her big career break on a new action movie, Darcy finds herself unprepared when the case takes a shocking twist ...
"Dunlap's engaging sixth Darcy Lott mystery (after 2012's No Footprints) finds the San Francisco stuntwoman in fine form, at least physically. The shortage of jobs as the movie industry moves to cheaper, more welcoming cities doesn't make Darcy happy, but that issue takes second place when Garson-roshi, her Zen teacher, is beaten by a hooded thug who breaks into their meditation room. Darcy tries to balance her search for the thug which involves a certain amount of prying into Garson-roshi's private life and her excitement at being offered some important stunt work in an upcoming film. Both parts of the story ring true, as the author clearly knows a good deal about stunt work as well as Zen practice. Complications abound in the forms of a protective brother, a stuntwoman-wannabe, and a reporter who suspects Garson-roshi of being involved in human trafficking. Whether these well-drawn characters are being helpful or impeding progress isn't always clear and that is their charm. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Dunlap's engaging sixth Darcy Lott mystery." Publishers Weekly
When her Zen teacher is attacked in front of her by a silent, hoodie-clad assailant, Darcy Lott feels uncharacteristically helpless. For if she cannot identify Garson-roshi's attacker, she cannot protect him. Who would have a reason to assault this wise and gentle man? It soon becomes clear that Garson-roshi has been keeping secrets from Darcy.
About the Author
Susan Dunlap has taught yoga, worked as a paralegal, and been part of the private investigative defence team in a capital murder case. She is a founding board member and former president of Sisters in Crime. As well as the Darcy Lott mysteries, she is the author of the Jill Smith, Veejay Haskell and Kiernan O'Shaughnessy series. She lives near San Francisco.