By Sue Grafton

A tough-talking former cop, inner most investigator Kinsey Millhone has manage a modest detective supplier in a quiet nook of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few own possessions and less own attachments, she’s acquired a delicate spot for underdogs and misplaced explanations.  Eight years in the past, Nikki Fife was once convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she’s out on parole and desires Kinsey’s aid to discover the true killer.  If there is something that makes Kinsey think alive, it is enjoying at the area. When her research turns up a moment corpse, extra suspects, and a brand new cause to kill, Kinsey discovers that the sting is closer—and sharper—than she imagined.

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Sorry. I didn't mean to take up your time. " Scorsoni walked me out toward the front, his big body exuding heat. He held the door open for me, his left arm extending up along the doorframe. Again, that barely suppressed male animal seemed to peer out through his eyes. "Good luck," he said. " I picked up the eight-by-ten glossies of the sidewalk crack I'd photographed for California Fidelity. The six shots of the broken concrete were clear enough. The claimant, Marcia Threadgill, had filed for disability, asserting that she'd stumbled on the jutting slab of sidewalk that had been forced upward by a combination of tree roots and shifting soil.

Everyone blamed me. Everyone believed I was guilty. And now I take it Con Dolan thinks I killed Libby Glass too. " "Who cares what Dolan thinks? I don't think you did it and I'm the one going to work on this thing. Which reminds me. We ought to get the financial end of it clarified. I charge thirty bucks an hour plus mileage. I'd like to have at least a grand up front. I'll send you an itemized accounting from week to week indicating what time I've put in doing what. Also, you have to understand that my services are not exclusive.

No witnesses. No informants. No fingerprints that could have placed Nikki Fife at the scene. " "Well, I don't know about that," he said. "You might. Believe it or not, I don't think you're a bad investigator. Young yet, and sometimes off the wall, but basically honest at any rate. " "Con, if Nikki Fife has something to hide, why would she open this whole thing up again? She couldn't be that kind of fool. " The phone rang two desks over and Lieutenant Becker held up a finger, looking over at Con.

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