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by M.C. Grant

Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7387-3499-6
Publisher: Midnight Ink/Llewellyn

A gutsy San Francisco reporter takes on a Russian mob boss.

Journalist Dixie Flynn (Angel With a Bullet, 2012) spends little time in the office since she’s usually out on the streets covering crime and digging into unusual stories. So when her editor asks her to do an inspiring piece for the Father’s Day issue, she comes up with a story far from the editor’s mind. A short message in the Classified section alerts her to hairstylist Bailey Brown’s search for her father, Joe, who vanished when Bailey was just a child. Bailey’s younger sister Roxanne, following in the footsteps of their late mother, is an addict and a whore. Undaunted, Dixie drags the reluctant Roxanne out of a seedy hot-sheet motel and reunites her with Bailey. The investigation leads her to Russian crime boss Krasnyi Lebed, who’s so determined to learn the whereabouts of Joe Brown that he wants to use the girls as bait to catch him. Dixie finds herself having to use her newly acquired handgun to fight off Lebed’s murderous, slimy underlings. Luckily for Dixie, she has some friends willing to lend a hand, from her police detective buddy Frank to well-connected bookie Eddie the Wolf. But it takes the dangerous ex–hit man Pinch to save her from her own stubborn bravery.

Action, violence, wall-to-wall sleaze—it’s all in a day’s work in ballsy Dixie’s second outing. Readers willing to pick it up will find it hard to put down.