Attention, fans of Carl Hiaasen, Harlan Coben, and Robert B. Parker The author of The Detective & The Pipe Girl nominated for both the Nero Wolfe and Shamus Awards returns with another whip-smart, funny, and propulsive mystery featuring singular Los Angeles P.I. John Darvelle.
Private Detective John Darvelle is back drinking cheap beer, playing ping-pong and sharing his philosophy on everything from work/life balance to restaurants with bad air-conditioning. (He doesn t believe in the former, he despises the latter.)
Darvelle is hired to find the killer of Keaton Fuller, a well-born Los Angeles man gunned down in his own driveway. The cops couldn t solve the case, in part because everyone who came in contact with Keaton despised him. Translation: Anybody could have done it. Following a trail of the dead man s betrayals, Darvelle finds himself in the exotic, high-stakes world of rare tropical fish. The fish are certainly valuable enough to kill for, but is there something more menacing going on?
As Darvelle relentlessly drives toward the truth, a showdown awaits that is at once riveting, visceral, and very, very dangerous. It s a case only he could solve just as long as he s willing to put his life on the line."