|About the Book|
Gus Engstrom, a retired small-town cop turned private investigator, and his significant other, Rose Thomas, return to their Tucson home after a long summer vacation. On their first day back, Rose receives the allowed one phone call from Lisa Thomas,MoreGus Engstrom, a retired small-town cop turned private investigator, and his significant other, Rose Thomas, return to their Tucson home after a long summer vacation. On their first day back, Rose receives the allowed one phone call from Lisa Thomas, her much younger half-sister. She is being held at the Pima County Detention Center awaiting her initial court appearance. Lisa is a street-smart good time girl with stunning looks, a weakness for alcohol, and a genius for attracting Mr. Wrong. Her latest mistake is a country rock singer named Ronnie Stark whose side business is dealing narcotics. He becomes physically abusive when she refuses to be his mule. She wants him gone from her life. As leverage, she steals a flash drive, thinking it contains compromising files concerning his narcotics business. Soon after, she is arrested on a false charge of dealing cocaine. The mastermind behind the frame is actually one Carl Clanton, the older half-brother of Ronnie and boss of a criminal organization with tentacles throughout Arizona. Her less than brilliant ex-lover Ronnie had himself secretly copied these incriminating files from Carls computer onto the flash drive thinking they might be useful to him at some point. Carl will go to any lengths to force Lisa to return the flash drive. In his corner is a bent cop and a malicious prison guard, both on his payroll, a public defender who owes him bigtime, a powerful figure in the background who Carl refers to as his Protector, and other assorted thugs and low-life. In her corner Lisa has some powerful allies of her own, the close knit team of the four PI’s of Gus Engstrom and Associates, Gus’ FBI brother who specializes in RICO investigations, Rocky Maestras, founder and CEO of the foremost private investigative agency in Arizona, Llewellyn Theodore (“Teddy”) Miller, a retired legal superstar, and Rose Thomas, herself. However, Lisa is reluctant to involve them fearing that they could become collateral damage. They undertake to expose the frame and prove her innocence while she attempts to elude the clutches of the treacherous Carl and his men.