293 pp. Light wear, no markings, thumbed. Spine uncreased. Sticker remains on rear cover. Investigative reporter Carter Ross probes a fatal fire in Newark and uncovers a house-flipping scandal. A Library Journal blurb says: "Zany characters, witty dialog and a plot that races to a bang-up finish...."
"From the author of the award-winning" Faces of the Gone," another thrilling and thoroughly entertaining mystery "
Carter Ross, investigative reporter for the Newark Eagle-Examiner, is reporting on the latest tragedy to befall Newark, New Jersey, a fast-moving house fire that kills two boys. With the help of the paper's newest intern, a bubbly blonde known as "Sweet Thang," Carter finds the victims' mother, Akilah Harris, who spins a tale of woe about a mortgage rate reset that forced her to work two jobs and leave her boys home alone. Carter turns the story into a front page feature, but soon discovers Akilah isn't what she seems. When Newark councilman Windy Byers is reported missing, Carter must plunge into the murky world of urban house flipping and Jersey-style political corruption, aided by his usual mix of humor and street smarts.