An emergency operator who’s already gotten away with one murder gets involved in another.
What a liar Jessie Dancing is. Three years ago she told the Tucson police she didn’t shoot Walter Racine, who’d been abusing his niece, Jessie’s friend Catherine Chandliss, and planned more of the same for her daughter Katie. When she beat the rap, moved to Phoenix and landed a new job, she never told the folks at HandsOn Emergency about her checkered past. After fielding a distress call indicating that developer Darren Markson’s car has been rear-ended, she doesn’t tell the cops that the flurry of voices at the other end made her suspicious enough to call back—that’s against the law—or that she recorded what may have been Markson’s death throes. Why bother, anyway, when Markson’s wife and former student Emily insists that she heard from Darren—who was alive and well—the next day? Unfortunately, Jessie’s trip to Tucson to play the recording she’s willing to make public for the cold-eyed Emily ensnares her in still another murder when Felicia Villalobos, a teenager Jessie saw at the accident scene, is blown up in her car as Jessie watches. Now Detective Len Sabin, who’s convinced Jessie got away with murder last time, and Tucson DA Ted Dresden, who dubbed her the Queen of Liars Anonymous at her trial, are avid to take another crack at her.
Ure (The Fault Tree, 2008, etc.) provides a meaty, twisty puzzle. But the real prize here is Jessie, a tough, conflicted heroine you won’t soon forget.