What happens when a phony murder turns real?


From Booklist:

“A good yarn populated with well-drawn characters.”


“I’m prepared to offer you fifty thousand dollars for what I have in mind,” the man began.

“Fifty grand is fascinating. What’s the job?”

“I want you to kill me.”

The man, nearly hidden in the shadows inside the black limo, wants his death faked so he will be free to disappear with his lover. Although he needs the money,┬ádetective Joe D. knows better than to take the job. But when the tycoon is found murdered, Joe D. is convinced that his would-be client found another “killer.” Thing is, there’s no doubt the man is dead. What happened?