A Chicago insurance investigator’s professional and personal lives collide as she works two different cases.
Frank Gordon’s death was called suicide, but fiancée DD McGil has never accepted the verdict. When she’s asked to do a rush background check on four new hires for the HI-Data Corporation, she arrives at the secure campus only to discover the electrocuted body of Frank’s brother Ken, a partner in the company. Back home, DD must deal with her Aunt Elizabeth, newly arrived from Scotland with several items she purchased from her lawyer: some broken glass complete with inscribed verse and old papers reputed to be the work of Robert Burns. DD, thinking rip-off, puts her antiquarian friend Tom in charge of authenticating the material. A robbery at her mother’s house and her office indicate that someone thinks the Burns material is real. More complications follow thick and fast. DD’s brake lines are sabotaged as her car sits in the HI-Data lot. One of the suspects she’s investigating falls to her death. And the CEO’s car explodes, killing a security guard. As the bodies pile up, DD enjoys a brief interlude of peace with her new squeeze Scotty Stuart. But when he flies back to London, she realizes that her investigations may shorten her life expectancy.
Madsen’s debut introduces enough mystery, enjoyable characters and literary tidbits (DD’s a former English prof) to attract a wide audience for her planned series.