A wisecracking D.C. P.I. skirts the law in order to save his would-be daughter.
With an eye to adopting Sarah, the Jamaican baby he recently rescued from a murder scene, Washington private eye Willis Gidney tries to follow the straight and narrow, a decidedly new path for him. He takes a class given by the local Adoptive Services and settles into a comfy domestic routine with computer whiz Lilly. So when a shady potential client named Rush Gemelli proffers a job that includes a break-in, Gidney declines...until he's unexpectedly ruled unfit to adopt Sarah. With serious money needed to mountan appeal and time running out, Gideny changes his mind and takes the Gemelli gig, which involves breaking into a warehouse. Onsite surprises include a rottweiler and a pair of dim guards. Neither obstacle is much trouble—he superglues the guards together—but they set off warning bells for Gidney. Indeed, Gemelli uses the incident to blackmail him into the unpleasant job of working for his father, the choleric Chuck Gemelli, a former federal bureaucrat who currently runs the motion picture industry lobby (think Jack Valenti). Unfortunately, dad is not to know—Gemelli junior suspects fould play within dad's office—so Gidney's first hurdle is overcoming the resistance of the elder Gemelli and Longstreet, his justifiably suspicious security chief. Murder raises the stakes, the Sarah case hits snag after snag, and Gidney soon learns that he can trust no one.
Kaufman packs Gidney's second caper (Drink the Tea, 2010) with familiar elements, but keeps the twists and one-liners coming.