More from the author's tough, likable homicide detective Jill Smith, of Berkeley, California, hard on the trail of the murderer of wheelchair-bound Liz Goldenstern. Liz, an activist for the handicapped, lived in a small building bought for her by psychologist Laurence Mayer, whose drunk driving caused the accident that left her paralyzed. He also helped find backers for her pet project, Marina Vista, a waterfront apartment house for the disabled. Liz had installed as contractor neophyte Brad Butz, who may have been more than a friend. Her marriage to flaky inventor Ian Stuart seemed strictly in name only. Meanwhile, Liz's contacts with part-time employer Greta Tennerud, manager of Racer's Edge, a store recently plagued by a rash of shoe thefts, and her relationship with sometime attendant Aura Summerlight seem to be dead ends. It takes a second corpse and a wild helicopter ride with a killer to bring an end to Jill's search. A slow starter, with pace and plot accelerating to an intriguing finish, this is, all in all, Dunlap's most accomplished work yet.