A wrongful death lawsuit, a tricky courtroom battle, insurance companies with something to hide: Add murder and shake well.
Fifi Cutter is a mixed-race freelance insurance investigator struggling to survive after losing her job. She’s so close to her (usually) unemployed half-brother Bosco Dorff that they share the mostly empty family home, but considerably more distant from her other half-brother, a police officer. Fifi’s current job is tailing a supposedly disabled file clerk, a former employee of the law firm of Wong, Wu & Chu. Things look up when her lawyer friend VJ Smith convinces the firm to hire Fifi to help with a second case, the $60 million lawsuit they’ve filed against Skyblu Aviation and Grund Aviation. VJ represents the widow of a man killed when a Skyblu plane crashed into his doublewide after an allegedly deranged man shot the pilot, killing all aboard, including the passengers, two Chinese businessman. As Fifi digs around, she discovers that her two cases are related. With help from her impulsive brother, who pretends to be a talented photographer while he’s dating the daughter of one of the dead businessmen, Fifi learns enough to put their lives in danger, falls for the opposition’s lawyer and manages to escape death.
A second helping for a west coast Stephanie Plum wannabe (Murder...Suicide...Whatever..., 2007) who lacks Plum’s élan.