When the dead bodies of a former U.S. Senator and his son are found on a golf course in Mexico, the Senators estranged daughter Rachel resolves to discover what happened. Private investigator Cape Weathers doesnt want the case. He cant stand politicians and doesnt know the terrain. But when it looks like Rachel may become the next victim, Cape crosses the border looking for answers. Cape stumbles onto a conspiracy that leads from corporate boardrooms in San Francisco to drug cartel strongholds in Mexico. Will he lose the client he's been protecting all along or confront the killer who is determined to bury the past?
Maleeny smoothly mixes wry humor and a serious plot without sacrificing either in his third Cape Weathers mystery (after 2007's Beating the
Babushka). When Jim Dobbins, a recently retired California state senator, and his drug-addict son, Danny, disappear in Mexico, Dobbins's estranged daughter hires San Francisco reporter-turned-PI Weathers to find them. Weathers journeys south of the border only to learn that the mutilated bodies of father and son have surfaced in a Puerto Vallarte
golf course's alligator-infested pond. Aided by his Triad-trained associate, Sally Mei, Weathers pursues a case that reaches from a Mexican drug cartel to the San Francisco mob as well as the city's
boardrooms. An appealing hero, well-crafted villains, snappy dialogue and an energetic plot show that Maleeny, while not quite in the same
league as Robert Crais or Laura Lippman, is a definite contender in the private detective subgenre. -- Publishers Weekly