Joan Francis is a licensed private investigator and owner of Francis Pacific Investigations. She has also worked as a librarian and a newspaper reporter. She spent her childhood in small mining towns and camps in the western United States and in South America and attended fifteen schools before graduating with a B.A. in history from the University of Washington. Married with three grown children, she and her husband now live in a secluded valley in California.
In 1949 five priceless works of art were hidden somewhere en route between Los Angeles Harbor and New York harbor. Now, Diana Hunter must decode her Uncle Bennett’s cryptic notes, search every port of call, and find the hidden art or she, her father, and her friends will all die.
Hired by corporate titan Maude McCollvoy, PI Diana Hunter finds herself in world where Corporate power trumps the law and Corporatocracy Rules. Though she uncovers crimes of secret foreign investment, hidden money and tax fraud she can find no legal remedy. With her life on the line, she and associate Nelson Langly must take extraordinary measures to find justice.
When private investigator Diana Hunter inherits her Uncle Bennett’s hidden fortune, she also gets his stash of secret files and his enemies. Branded a terrorist suspect under Patriot Act rules and pursued by a shadow organization, Diana is legally defenseless. She realizes she can only save herself by learning about Bennett's double life which began in Germany when Hitler seized power in 1933.
When environmentalist Evelyn Lilac is murdered, Private investigator Diana Hunter begins a dangerous journey from California to New Mexico and finally to the Costa Rican rain forest. Her investigation turns up secrets regarding global warming, corporate greed, and a deadly alternative fuel which could make the Earth as dry and lifeless as Mars.