Permanent Press, 2014
Agent: Jill Marr
Nashville private detective Jared McKean has spent most of his thirty-six years trying to live up to the memory of the father he barely knew.
One day, the body of a young Vietnamese woman is found in Jared's office dumpster clutching a yellowed photo of Jared's father. Then a few days later, another Vietnamese woman, Khanh, appears on Jared's doorstep claiming to be his half-sister and begging him to felp find her missing daughter, Tuyet. Still reeling from the revelationof his father's secret life, Jared reluctantly agrees.
It's clear that Tuyet's path must have crossed the dead girl's, but when and how? While the police have their hands full with a renegade bomber, Jared an Khanh form an uneasy alliance, following the trail into the violent world of human trafficking - a world that few who enter ever leave.
"This third Jared McKean mystery is a worthy successor to Racing the Devil and A Cup Full of Midnight, with a tough yet sympathetic protagonist who goes to all ends for friends and family. Solid plotting and well-drawn characters make this a series to add to any hardboiled-mystery reader’s list."