By Sue Grafton

no 1 New York Times bestselling writer Sue Grafton's PI Kinsey Millhone tackles assurance fraud in her most recent outing―and unearths that she'll need to dedicate a few deceit of her personal to seize a cold-blooded killer…


When PI Kinsey Millhone's friend and colleague Parnell Perkins is located murdered within the parking zone in the back of California constancy assurance, she cannot think he had any enemies. the one clue that increases a purple flag for Kinsey is one in every of Parnell's documents on a Bibianna Diaz, who seems to have made a profitable occupation out of scamming insurance firms with phony claims…


Taking an alias, Kinsey is going undercover to befriend Bibianna, hoping she'll get shut sufficient to trap the con artist at her personal video game. yet Kinsey by no means goals that placing out with Bibianna gets them either thrown in detention center. And whilst they are published, Bibianna's very jealous, very risky ex-fiancé Raymond Maldonado is looking ahead to them.


Kinsey quickly discovers the short-tempered thug is the kingpin at the back of Bibianna's and numerous different phony coverage claims. yet used to be Raymond additionally liable for Parnell's demise? All Kinsey is aware is that she'll need to imagine fast to nab probably the most treacherous criminals she's come nose to nose with―and continue herself alive…

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Luxurious automobiles. On a cop’s wage? Didn’t you think that anybody’d realize? ” Jimmy laughed. “Nobody stated we have been clever. i needed the perks. all of us did, and why now not? So it seems the whole lot used to be a setup. possibly we shoulda guessed. besides, that’s why Bosco blew his brains out. simply because we’d been stung and he couldn’t see the other method out. Renkes headed up the unit we have been operating . . . he set the sport up, invited us to play, after which he grew to become us in. It used to be all departmental housecleaning, and Danny Renkes used to be the janitor. ” “Did you recognize the bust was once coming? ” “In many ways, definite. there have been rumors for months. no one quite desired to think it. i used to be on incapacity by way of then, so I wasn’t an lively participant whilst the bust went down. I’d performed my percentage, after all, and Renkes knew that. First time I heard the scuttlebutt, i began asking round. every body stated an analogous factor. Run for protection, dude. Bail out. Get a attorney ahead of the shit hits the coast like a typhoon. I employed the neatest motherfucker within the enterprise. needed to hock every thing I owned to pay the man’s retainer, however it used to be worthy each penny. Wilfred Brentnell. You ever heard of him? ” “Who hasn’t? i used to be instructed the one case he ever misplaced used to be up right here. Nikki Fife, keep in mind her? i suppose the Santa Teresa courts weren’t that inspired along with his services. ” “That’s the fee you pay for dwelling within the provinces. The man’s a whiz. respectable. They name him ‘Bent Willy’ simply because he’s received a finger crooked like that from a few form of twist of fate. ” “What approximately Renkes? Aren’t you sour approximately him? ” “I don’t carry it opposed to him. I suggest, I comprehend why the fellow did it. I wouldn’t have performed it myself, yet then I wasn’t stuck first like he used to be. I didn’t have the DA breathin’ down my neck, cuttin’ bargains. ” “Deals? ” “Shit, convinced. They acquired him on one other rap. You knew that, didn’t you? ” I shook my head. “I basically stuck the tale in fragments. ” “Oh, yeah. they'd that dude chilly. factor approximately Renkes is he offered out reasonable. He bought burnt. He must have taken it at the chin rather than blowin’ the whistle at the remainder of us. yet that’s lifestyles, correct? ” The song ended. We moved towards the desk, passing Bibianna. Jimmy uttered a low growl and gripped her by way of the again of the neck, claiming her together with his contact. She grew to become with a grin and he pulled her in opposed to him in a hip-grinding embody, most likely intended to reassert his proprietary rights. Bibianna driven him away, yet she was once giggling as she did it and the gesture had no strength. He slung an arm throughout her shoulder in an affectionate hammerlock. They kissed back. i'll believe my eyes roll heavenward. We sat down and ordered another around of beers. The noise point was once emerging, alcohol unleashing a manic babble of laughter and loud speak, with quarrelsome undertones. The air was once grey with cigarette smoke, the pointy document of slammers coming down one after one other in regular succession, like a trio of carpenters with hammers. The song began up back, this time with lighting fixtures results extra, bound to ship you into seizures. Out at the dance ground, a inebriated toppled backward, crashing right into a desk.

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