Private eye Carlotta Carlyle faces two cases of family obsession which lead her into a world of counterfeit drugs and a conspiracy that threatens to rock the foundations of one of Boston's finest hospitals. This Carlotta Carlyle mystery follows "The Snake Tattoo", "Coyote" and "Steel Guitar".Private eye Carlotta Carlyle faces two cases of family obsession which lead her into a world of counterfeit drugs and a conspiracy that threatens to rock the foundations of one of Boston's finest hospitals. This Carlotta Carlyle mystery follows "The Snake Tattoo", "Coyote" and "Steel Guitar".Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1993-04-19 In the ever-increasing crowd of admirable female PIs, Boston-based Carlotta Carlyle is a stand-out and not just for her red hair and 61 frame. Self-possessed and confident, she's also short-tempered, restless and skeptical. On a referral from a neighboring psychiatrist, Carlotta is hired by Emily Woodrow, a distraught surburbanite whose seven-year-old daughter has recently died of leukemia at a local hospital. Emily suspects her daughter's death may not have been inevitable, but she disappears before sending Carlotta some promised evidence. At the same time, 11-year-old Paolina, Carlotta's Colombian ``sister'' in the Big Sisters Organization, begins to hang around with a thug in his mid-20s. Following a twisted trail, accompanied by an abundance of quirky, recognizable characters, Carlotta takes on the hospital's smugly authoritarian medical staff, uncovering a decidedly un-Hippocratic scheme, and tries to prevent Paolina from leaving the country to search for her drug-baron father. Barnes ( Coyote ; Steel Guitar ) adroitly connects the two plot lines in a nifty final turn. BOMC featured alternate; QPB selection; author tour. (June)
Publishers Weekly, 1994-02-14 Female PI Carlotta Carlyle investigates the death of a young leukemia victim in this adroitly plotted and entertaining novel. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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