In his debut novel, Spencer Manning agrees to look for a little girl’s unknown father in exchange for beef stew and chocolate cake. His search quickly crosses paths with an open murder investigation in which Spencer’s client is a suspect.
History is being repeated as women are being murdered in the streets of Chicago. Follow Spencer as he tries to figure out what street walkers, a high-priced call girl, and a young girl who looks like she should be in college have to do with each other.
When Spencer’s old girlfriend is accused of stealing her own painting from an art gallery and then vanishes without a trace, Spencer suspects something more sinister than an art theft. That’s when the murders begin.
This fourth installment of the Spencer Manning Mystery series focuses on the famous Riverview Amusement Park in Chicago. In this tale, a 16-year-old amusement park worker fails to come home from work one day, and Spencer sets out to track him down. Spencer makes numerous enemies as he attempts to solve a seemingly intractable mystery that seems to grow in complexity by the minute. When he starts to ask questions, missing turns to murder and Spencer is pulled into a sinister plot that goes far beyond a missing boy and promises to be a rollercoaster ride of surprises for fans of great mysteries, and a worthy addition to this fine series.
If it’s a frame, it’s a good one. Justice is a strange animal—sometimes it comes late, sometimes it never comes at all, and sometimes it comes for the wrong crime. Spencer is offered the highest profile case of his career, but is conflicted about helping the person making the offer. And he can’t help but wonder if, this time, justice has caught up… but for the wrong crime. And maybe that’s okay. Two murders leave Spencer trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle and remembering a time when Chicago streets were ruled by Al Capone and Bugs Moran, and tommy guns left Chicago streets bathed in blood.