A transgendered textbook editor and librarian copes with old and new identities—as well as a felony or two.
As she waits for a windfall to afford transgender surgery, Scotti House is an embarrassment to her former wife, daughter, mother and sometimes herself whenever her former male persona peeps out. Delroy, the shunned Amish gofer who cares for Len Lasher, a millionaire suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, glimpses her secret but is enamored nonetheless. Their lives intertwine in increasingly peculiar ways while Lasher tries to keep his disease under wraps in order to pull off a business coup. Meanwhile, a plot is afoot to kidnap Lasher’s daughter Deanie and demand in exchange a fabulous emerald ring once belonging to the Duchess of Windsor. Scotti recognizes one of the thieves, a guy who did community service among the pre- and post-op transgender community during a different botched crime. Is the kidnap doomed? You bet, but not before everyone who’s hiding a secret is suspected of hiding a different secret and the little enclave of East Hampton becomes more congested than Grand Central Station.
Pulp specialist Packer, aka Marijane Meaker (Spring Fire, 2004, etc.) aka YA author M.E. Kerr, crams enough plot for a dozen capers into this one, along with everything you could possibly want to know about gender reassignment.