Leonid McGill is back, in the third-and most
enthralling and ambitious-installment in Walter Mosley''s latest
New York Times- bestselling series.
The economy has hit the private-investigator business hard, even
for the detective designated as "a more than worthy successor to
Philip Marlowe" (The Boston Globe) and "the perfect heir
to Easy Rawlins" (Toronto Globe and Mail). Lately, Leonid
McGill is getting job offers only from the criminals he''s worked
so hard to leave behind. Meanwhile, his life grows ever more
complicated: his favorite stepson, Twill, drops out of school for
mysteriously lucrative pursuits; his best friend, Gordo, is
diagnosed with cancer and is living on Leonid''s couch; his wife
takes a new lover, infuriating the old one and endangering the
McGill family; and Leonid''s girlfriend, Aura, is back but intent
on some serious conversations...
So how can he say no to the beautiful young woman who walks into
his office with a stack of cash? She''s an artist, she tells him,
who''s escaped from poverty via marriage to a rich collector who
keeps her on a stipend. But she says she fears for her life, and
needs Leonid''s help. Though Leonid knows better than to believe
every word, this isn''t a job he can afford to turn away, even as
he senses that-if his family''s misadventures don''t kill him
first-sorting out the woman''s crooked tale will bring him straight
to death''s door.