A new adventure for Indianapolis old-timer Deets Shanahan (The Stone Veil, 1989), the antithesis of trendy, who now sets out to prove that street-punks Leo and Billy did not bayonet to death Sam Puckett, a cop working undercover on a cocaine bust. With the sometime help of girlfriend Maureen and bar-crony Harry (who shakes a tail), Deets niggles away at magazine publisher/philanderer James Connell, who, for inexplicable reasons, is splashing stories of gang wars and killer punks across his pages, while at the same time prying into Sweethearts, a T&A bar with drug connections, whose manager is blown up in his car. Unraveling Puckett's drug connections is easy compared to uncovering his love life: Who was with him in Barbados? Several red herrings liter, Leo and Billy are off the hook (thanks, in part, to a Puckett girlfriend) and Deers discovers the story behind the headlines. Fast-paced, wryly told, and evenly balanced--solid detection combined with warm, empathetic characterization. Besides, it's about time the Modern Maturity crowd had their own pinup. Who better than Deets?