Pocket, April 2004, 6.99, 369 pp.
For fourteen years she was the vice president of operations at Majestic Airlines based at Boston's Logan Airport. Needing a career change, she tendered her resignation and went to work as an apprentice to private investigator Harvey Baltimore who is suffering from multiple sclerosis. Alex Shanahan does most of the leg work while Harvey does the research; together they make a great team. Right now Alex is undercover as a flight attendant for Orange Air trying to get close to Angela Velesco, a senior flight attendant.
The chief of security at Orange Air wants Angela's prostitution operation disbanded and that takes proof. Alex believes that Angela might have killed a competitor but that doesn't stop her from trying to get Angela to hire her as a business consultant. Since Angela has major trust issues, Alex must pretend to pass the test that is set for her. As Alex gets a closer look at the operation, she finds that Angela uses blackmail to get what she wants, making the private detective even more determined to stop her even though she has to put her own life in danger to do it.
It is a long time (too long) since readers had a chance to read something new about Alexandra Shanahan but it was well worth the wait. The well written storyline is plausible leading to the audience eagerly turning the pages to see what happens next. There is a lot of action in FIRST CLASS KILLING especially the scenes when the heroine comes very close to getting caught in her masquerade. Lynn Heitman tells a very compelling crime thriller complete with blackmail, murder, and an internet run prostitute ring.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner