The third noir mystery featuring P.I. Lennox Cooper, asmart detective, a smart poker player, and one of today's boldestheroines in the sorority of lonesome gumshoes."Gardner has created a modern P.I. in time honored tradition,and the result is both fresh and grounded. Lennox Cooper, herprotagonist, is crafty, intelligent, resourceful, bold andtenacious. . . . The locale and ambiance are detailed toperfection." —Carolyn Lane, Murder by the BookFlinty ex-cop, poker-playing, private detective, Lennox Cooperstands alone in championing Tomek Jagoda, darling son of a Portlandcrime family, accused of murdering his high-living girlfriend.The cops have proof that will send Tomek to prison for life, andprosecuting the case is a Viking goddess of a woman, as smart asshe is stunning, who draws everyone's adoration. Next to her,Lennox feels like a garden gnome. Even August Kline, Lennox's bossand Tomek's defense attorney, is ready to throw Tomek under the busin a plea deal that carries a ten-year sentence just to court theprosecutor.What is it about Tomek-big as a tool shed and twice as dumb-thatconvinces Lennox of his innocence?As Lennox unwinds all the lies surrounding the case, she seesdeeper into Tomek's humanity and into her own. She realizes thatshe's in love with the defense attorney who's in lust with theprosecutor. Lennox bets her job, her love, and her own safety tofind the killer.She's all in.