A Chicago PI hunts for a missing kid who fell in with the wrong crowd: “Raleigh presents a genuine good guy in the luckless Whelan” (Publishers Weekly).
An elderly woman has asked private investigator Paul Whelan to look into the disappearance of Tony Blanchard—a young man she’d taken in after his parents died. Instead, Whelan discovers a string of murders, all tied to a car-theft ring.
All the evidence suggests that Tony is dead as well, but Whelan keeps digging until he finds himself surrounded by a dangerous maze of silent witnesses, crooked cops, and people willing to kill to keep the truth from surfacing. When a friend from Whelan’s past emerges—a friend Whelan thought long dead—his investigation takes a dangerous turn: one that brings him no closer to Tony, and a lot closer to his own demise.
“Raleigh’s Paul Whelan series brings to mind the late Ross McDonald’s Lew Archer novels . . . Read Whelan now; he won’t be a secret much longer.” —Booklist