This is the fourth and newest entry of the Moriah Dru/Richard Lake mystery series. Lake, a detective lieutenant in homicide with the Atlanta Police Department, asks Dru (her preferred form of address) to look into a matter involving his ex-wife’s half-brother, Baxter Carlisle, the dapper, handsome owner of several restaurants in Athens, Georgia. It seems Baxter, now 52 years old, has always had an eye for young (read “very young”) girls, and he has been accused of stalking his alleged newest such interest, eighteen years of age. Complicating matters is the fact that the girl’s boyfriend has gone missing, and Baxter is suspected.
Moriah, who has never been married (her former fiancé was killed in a drive-by shooting), is a former APD member, where she and Lake were partners, and currently working as a private detective, specializing in finding lost or missing children through her firm, Child Trace, ably assisted by “Webdog,” her computer guru.
The plot becomes more complex as dead bodies are discovered, with a myriad of characters, some more charming than others, and the author’s always interesting descriptions of the Georgia landscape. Although somewhat slow-moving, the novel is intricate and obviously very well-researched, and I found it entertaining....Continua