But for the Grace (Molly Piper)

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He had it coming. But who finally gave it to him?

No tears for the dead...

It was an assault on the sleepy hamlet of Grace, nestled on an island in Puget Sound: a crudely made wanted poster smack in the path of the upcoming New Year's Eve parade. Within hours, P.I. and ex-Chicago cop Molly Piper has a new client: politician Edmond Anderson Bercain, "Wanted for Crimes Against the People."

Bercain wants Molly to find the troublemakers--so he can shut them up. But Molly's retainer is still hot in her hands when Bercain turns up dead. Executed with a blunt instrument.

As Molly delves into a wealth of suspects--disaffected squatters who blame Bercain for their plight--a series of clues arrive at her door: crude messages leading to a white house with dark goings-on, and chilling motives for murder. Suddenly the most private aspects of her life--her boyfriend, a police chief on the mainland, and a troubled teenager she is mentoring--are at risk. A killer is loose in paradise. And not all of his victims are dead....

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"Patricia Brooks has created a winning character in Molly Piper...the writing is first-rate."
--I Love a Mystery

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Private investigator Molly Piper, a four-foot-nine ex-cop from Chicago, is hired by an irate Washington State politician, Edmond Bercain, to find the people responsible for papering the town of Grace, on an island in Puget Sound, with flyers accusing him of assorted wrongdoings. When he is found murdered the next day, his widow, Kendall, hires Molly to find the killer. Molly's investigation leads her to the Squatters, a group of people who set up a commune in the woods after losing their homes, for which they blame the unscrupulous Bercain. When Molly discovers that Kendall has been having an affair with the group's leader, Denny Lockett, she begins to question the widow's motives. A series of anonymous notes sends Molly all over the island, from a love nest in an abandoned lighthouse to a mysterious white mansion. In the course of the investigation, she befriends several people, including a young man named Mikah, whose negligent mother frequently leaves him to care for his sister, and Denny's brother, Jake, who has been confined to a wheelchair since Bercain ran him over and fled. Brooks (Falling from Grace) peoples the fictional town of Grace with colorful, idiosyncratic characters, which makes for an entertaining, if not very suspenseful, tale. (May)
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