Duplicity (A Fina Ludlow Novel)

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Author: Thoft, Ingrid

Edition: First Edition

Number Of Pages: 448

Release Date: 10-01-2017

Details: Product Description Gutsy Boston P.I. Fina Ludlow returns with a case that puts her faith to the test—in the latest addition to the critically acclaimed series by Ingrid Thoft. When Ceci Renard hires Ludlow and Associates to sue the hip new church that she believes has brainwashed her daughter, Fina Ludlow is assigned to the case. Covenant Rising Church has all the trappings of a less-than-holy organization: a slick young pastor and his comely wife; fancy houses and luxury cars; and devoted congregants who seem eager to part with their money. Fina wonders if Ceci disapproves of Covenant Rising’s theology or the pastor’s ability to solicit generous donations—until a prominent church member dies unexpectedly. Fina’s investigation requires her to delve into the woman's life—both in and out of Covenant Rising—and ask a host of difficult questions. Is the pastor leading his flock astray? Did the church have a hand in the death or were there less savory elements in the woman's life outside the parish?             The case proves to be a complicated morass of misplaced loyalties and questionable motivations, rivaled only by the current state of the Ludlow family. The return of eldest brother Rand sets in motion an explosive showdown that threatens the very fabric that holds the family together, forcing Fina to confront the true meaning of faith. Review “A winning addition to an entertaining series….Thoft’s fourth Fina Ludlow outing (after Brutality, 2015) finds the tenacious Fina in fighting form, juggling personal and professional demands to attain justice despite the cost. A winning addition to an entertaining series .”—Booklist “Engrossing.” – Seattle Times “Thoft gracefully delivers an action-packed plot loaded with realistic dialogue and believable characters…weaves in several well-devised twists…[illustrates] the complexity of family relationships.” –Associated Press Praise for Brutality   “Exciting . . . The multilayered plot of Brutality excels with believable twists and realistic characters. One could imagine Fina becoming fast friends and colleagues with Sara Paretsky’s V. I. Warshawski, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone and Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan.” —Associated Press   “Not only do readers have a bird’s-eye view of Fina’s sleuthing activities, but they also are given carte blanche access to the relationships with the dysfunctional family that nurtured Fina. Thoft’s latest title is worthy of the acclaim its predecessors have garnered.” — Library Journal (starred review)   “Thoft is an entertaining storyteller, and her quirky protagonist’s the equal of any male gumshoe.” — Kirkus Reviews About the Author Ingrid Thoft, Shamus Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels Identity, Loyalty, and Brutality, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Wellesley College. Her desire to create a believable P.I. character led her to the certificate program in private investigation at the University of Washington. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. one “He just boarded a flight to Boston.” Fina Ludlow swore under her breath and pulled the comforter up to her chin with her free hand. The ringing phone had awoken her. “Did he check any bags?” she asked. “Four big ones,” the PI in Miami said. “Looks like he’s planning to stay awhile.” “Thanks for the update, Bobby.” Fina placed the phone on her bedside table and weighed her -options. She could curl up in a ball or kick off the covers and get the job done. Choosing option B, Fina walked into the bathroom and turned on the shower. Standing under the hot water, she could think of just one thing: How the hell would she get the job done? How the hell was she going to get rid of her miscreant brother? “Did you break up with Ceci or did she break up with you?” Fina asked her father. Carl Ludlow sat next to her in a matching wingback chair, his ankles crossed, exposing a black silk sock with tiny plum-colored dots. “I’m not

EAN: 9780399171192

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

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