The latest murder victim in the diminishing circle of friends of Miami p.i.s Quin St. James and Mike McCleary's is Lou Hernando, the Tango Key painter/bail bondsman who got Quin out of jail a few years back. The obvious suspect is handily missing Ross Blade, the misfit kid Lou took in a year ago and, shortly thereafter, made his heir. But while the police are scouring the swamps for Blade, and the brutish minions of cutthroat developer David Vicente are putting serious pressure on Blade's buddies to say where he's gone, Quin and Mac (Blue Pearl, 1994, etc.) are looking beyond the obvious rivalry between Vicente and preservationist Doris Lynch over the parcel of land that Lou's ugly-duckling cottage is sitting on. Way, way beyond: Lou's house is haunted by a 30-year-old ghost who won't abandon the place until she gets her marital lights and a clear title to the land herself. So along with the search for Blade and the obligatory threats from the heavies, you can factor in dueling Tarot readings and a slam-bang ending even more furious than MacGregor's standard model. One part whodunit, one part manhunt, one part treasure hunt, one part exorcism--all filled with interesting people, living and dead. But where's Jimmy Hoffa, and the Bermuda Triangle? They'd be right at home in this mulligan stew of a thriller.