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FALSE FRONT by Diane Fanning

FALSE FRONT

By Diane Fanning

Pub Date: May 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7278-8127-4
Publisher: Severn House

A determined homicide investigator doesn’t let the fact that her suspects are wealthy and politically connected stand in her way.

Lucinda Pierce is called in to investigate the case of Candace Eagleton, found hanging in her home. Although her death has been made to look like suicide, it’s murder, all right, and her wealthy spouse Frank is a prime suspect, especially when Lucinda discovers he was having an affair. In the meantime, Lucinda’s boyfriend, FBI Special Agent in Charge Jake Lovett, doesn’t believe Charles David Rowland, who comes to him with a wild tale about an old murder case. When Rowland is found dead in an alley, the victim of a vicious hit and run, Jack realizes that he should have paid more attention to Rowland’s extravagant claims. A list found in the dead man’s apartment includes both his name and that of Candace Eagleton, among others. Lucinda and Jake, trying to find a connection between Candace and Rowland, learn that they attended the same New Jersey high school. But the sleuths will have a tough time staying ahead of a determined killer who seems to be systematically eliminating each name from the list.

Fanning supplies the multifaceted Lucinda (Mistaken Identity, 2010, etc.) with another fast paced mystery that nicely displays both her strengths and weaknesses.