Identity (A Fina Ludlow Novel)

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Author: Thoft, Ingrid

Brand: G.P. Putnam's Sons

Color: Multicolor

Edition: Reissue

Number Of Pages: 560

Release Date: 03-02-2015

Details: Product Description It’s been a couple of months since Fina’s last big case—the one that exposed dark family secrets and called Fina’s family loyalty into question—but there’s no rest for the weary, especially when your boss is Carl Ludlow. Renata Sanchez, a single mother by choice, wants to learn the identity of her daughter Rosie’s sperm donor. A confidentiality agreement and Rosie’s reticence might deter other mothers, but not Renata, nor Carl, who’s convinced that lawsuits involving cryobanks and sperm donors will be “the next big thing.” Fina uncovers the donor’s identity, but the solution to that mystery is just the beginning: within hours of the donor’s identity going public, the donor turns up dead. Fina didn’t sign on for a homicide investigation, but she can’t walk away from a murder she may have set in motion. As she digs deeper, she discovers that DNA doesn’t tell the whole story, and sometimes cracking that code can have deadly consequences. Review Praise for Loyalty “Fina Ludlow is my hero.”—Catherine Coulter, # 1 New York Times bestselling author “Fina returns the female detective to the heart of the hard-boiled tradition: hard-drinking, hard-loving, moody.”—Sara Paretsky, New York Times bestselling author “Sizzling.”— Entertainment Weekly About the Author Ingrid Thoft was born in Boston and is a graduate of Wellesley College. Her interest in the PI life and her desire to create a believable PI character led her to the certificate program in private investigation at the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle with her husband. Her first novel, Loyalty, introduced the character of Fina Ludlow. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Blood trickled out of her nostril onto her upper lip. It tasted metallic when the tip of her tongue instinctively swiped at it. “Really?” Fina asked. “Oh my God. I can’t believe I just did that.” Haley stood rooted to the floor, her gloved hands limp at her sides. Fina freed her hand from the sweaty glove and grabbed a towel to blot her nose. “At least we know you can get in touch with your inner anger.” “Aunt Fina, I’m so sorry.” Haley wrestled off her gloves and followed Fina over to a bench at the edge of the gym. “Should I get some ice or something?” Fina gingerly palpated her nose with her fingertips. “It isn’t broken.” Haley leaned back against the exposed brick wall. “I’m so sorry.” She looked genuinely distressed. Fina swatted at her with the towel. “I’m fine. You think one errant punch is going to do me in?” “I guess not.” “Hey, you’ve thrown your first punch and drawn blood. I’m proud of you, sweetie. You’re a true Ludlow now.” Haley looked doubtful. “If you say so.” “How about a clean towel? That would help,” Fina said. Haley made a beeline for the desk near the front door of the small bare-bones gym. Fina didn’t frequent the establishment, but it was in her neighborhood, and the signs for self-defense and kickboxing classes had piqued her curiosity. Her brothers had taught her to fight, and she didn’t understand why it wasn’t an equally valued skill set for girls and young women. Certainly it was more useful than sewing a button onto a shirt. At the desk an older gentleman with cauliflower for ears handed Haley a fresh towel. Fina was dabbing at her nostril with it when her phone rang. “Yes, Father?” she said when she answered. “What are you doing?” Carl asked. “Teaching your granddaughter essential life skills.” The line was silent for a moment. “I’m not sure I like the sound of that.” “Trust me, I’m doing you a favor.” “Well, wrap it up. I need you in the office.” “What’s going on?” The phone went dead. Ahh. Another satisfying father-daughter interaction. •   •   • Fina Ludlow was the private investigator at the family law firm. Ignoring her boss—her father, Carl—wasn’t an option. She walked Haley to the T, then grabbed a quick shower at home, where she pulled on some jeans and a fitted T-shirt and put her hair in a bun. When a

EAN: 9780425274057

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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