While investigating an insurance assignment involving an accidental death, Cal Brantley turns up clues that lead her down a dangerous path. Teamed up with an ex-LAPD cop for the assignment, Cal also faces an even greater challenge--stopping a friend from committing suicide. From the back alleys and casinos of Reno to the graveyards and ghost town of Virginia City, Cal learns the real meaning of what membership in The Losers' Club entails--and the knowledge could be deadly.
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Lise S. Baker, the winner of the 1998 SMP/PWA Contest, owns and operates her own private detective agency. She lives in Granite Bay, California.From Publishers Weekly:
San Francisco PI Cal Brantley is sent to Reno, Nev., by her new employer, Worldwide Investigations, to look into an insurance claim after a small boy dies in a casino escalator accident. Unfortunately, Cal must contend not only with an unreasonable new boss but also with a macho ex-cop, Denny Wickerstaff, for a partner. Although the claim seems straightforward, Cal smells a rat when she learns that, according to witnesses, the boy's mother was completely unemotional about the death and that one of the casino's waitresses was murdered the same night. At the same time, Cal is also trying to locate a former boyfriend, Tony Lazio, who has threatened suicide and fled to Reno. While Baker, a real-life California PI, writes crisp dialogue, the novel suffers from lack of character development. That Cal has old hippie relatives and a missing ex-husband doesn't do much to humanize her. Her friendship with neighbor Laurie Stern seems forced, and her ex-beau Tony is superfluous to the main story. The verbal battles between Cal and her despicable partner generate some wit, but at times these tirades overwhelm the plot. A quick and unlikely death marks the finale to a disappointing debut. Agent, Don Maas.
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Book Description Minotaur Books, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0312242166