This time out, Denver p.i. Jake Lomax (Dead of Winter; Blood Stone; Death on the Rocks) deals with siblings and their spouses in extreme distress over wealthy, controlling dad Samuel Butler's marriage to a second wife—the flashy, trashy Clare. The unsympathetic kids seem all too willing to believe that dad, about to be tried for bashing in Clare's head, did the deed—but did he? Lomax's attempts to prove dad's alibi result in another death and two tries at taking him out: a sniper setup at a deserted golf course and a hit-and-run accident almost identical to the one that smashed up another p.i. formerly employed by the Butlers. Meanwhile, breaking and entering reveals that Butler's company payroll included a dummy employee and some accounts that received rugs with their shipments. Furthermore, Clare was cheating on dad with one of his own children, and it'll take threats, punches, and a major bullying scene before Lomax gets dad off the hook Lomax's sardonic asides add a touch of dry humor here, and the ending again finds him giving away money to a needy cause. Quick with his fists, dead accurate with his gun, the (sometimes) personable Lomax makes for solid p.i. reading.
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