When Michael Vanderveer goes missing in San Francisco,
Private Investigator Noah Lang assumes it’s just another runaway escaping to the
Haight, San Francisco’s home to the displaced… until the homicide cops pay him a
visit. Fifteen-year-old Michael has been implicated in the murder of a
prostitute, and the police don’t want Lang mucking up their investigation —
especially Inspector Stern, who has strong opinions about Lang’s questionable
past. But Lang becomes inextricably involved when he is hired by Michael’s
parents: Michael is being ransomed, and they want Lang to ensure the exchange
As everyone waits for the kidnappers to make their next
move, Lang struggles with the Vandeveers’, impatient with waiting and far from
their Michigan home; with the twisted, confusing details of the case; with the
moral implications of rescuing Michael, only to have to turn him in for murder;
and with Stern, who’s increasingly volatile behavior may just put Lang’s life in
as grave danger as Michael’s.
I found this book witty, smart, and brimming with mystery all the way to the last chapter. It had strong descriptions, an interesting and diverse cast of characters, and I loved the depth of the on going grudge Stern has with Lang. The plot was well devised, and kept me guessing as to what really happened, or what could have happened. A great story. I read it all the way through in one sitting.
The only place I had a little bit of trouble was in the way the dialogue was written. It was difficult to decipher who was speaking at points. It may have been the formatting in my e-copy.
I received this book for free in exchange for a review.