Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Severn House
Someone is trying to frame Chicago private investigator Dek Elstrom for murder.
It's election season in corrupt Cook County, Illinois – where the dead vote on who lives and who dies.
A skeleton's hand spills out of an abandoned grain silo, aiming an axe at a candidate. A heavily-disguised woman hires PI Dek Elstrom to head west to find men with no pasts – and one with no present. While he's away, someone dead comes calling to frame him for murder.
A sheriff's deputy wants Dek arrested. Someone else wants him dead. No one knows what the woman who hasn't spoken in decades wants.
"It's a backhanded compliment, we suppose, but Jack Fredrickson is the best writer you've never heard of," Barbara Tom - Murder by the Book.
"It takes all his skill and luck, plus the help of a beautiful journalist, a rich and politically connected ex-wife, a loyal friend, and a posse of game old dames for Elstrom to make it through the thicket of deceit in this satisfying hardboiled crime novel." – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"The criminals are clever and the detective, after his initial benightedness, even more clever, making Fredrickson's sixth case one of his best." – KIRKUS REVIEWS
"The writing here is splendid, echoing genre veteran Loren D. Estleman, and Dek Elstrom is the kind of guy we genuinely like spending time with. This is the sixth in the Elstrom series, and let's hope there will be many more to come." - BOOKLIST
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