In Seattle, 1950, private eye Gunnar Nilson comes upon the body of a small-time hustler, Rune Granholm, shot with his own gun. A close friend of Rune’s dead brother, Gunnar looks for answers. Then a paying client prompts him to move on: a wealthy young lady has been receiving menacing phone calls. The cases appear to be connected, but how? More
In the summer of 1950, private eye Gunnar Nilson reluctantly agrees to accompany Rune Granholm on an errand to collect gambling winnings. When Gunnar arrives at Rune’s Wallingford apartment, he finds the man dead, shot with his own gun. No one much cared for the caddish ne’er-do-well, but Gunnar feels he owes it to Rune’s brother, a good friend and casualty of World War II, to find the killer. When a paying client arrives, Gunnar puts this investigation aside.
Attorney Ethan Calmer wants him to investigate a series of phone calls menacing his fiancée, Mercedes Atwood. Mercedes lives in Broadmoor, a tony neighborhood occupied by Seattle’s moneyed class, many of whom are descended from lumber barons. A poor little rich girl, Mercedes is beautiful but strangely passionless.
Then, like the hula-girl lamp in the apartment of the late and unlamented Rune, Mercedes shows him her moves. Gunnar soon wonders if the two cases might be connected in some way, but how, exactly?
Book 2 in the Gunnar Nilson Mystery series, which began with Trouble in Rooster Paradise.
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