Quiet Storm, 2004, 14.95, 262 pp.
In Dallas, former police officer turned private sleuth Arthur Conan “Ace” Edwards ekes out a living to complement his retirement pay mostly finding information on cheating spouses. Three years ago, Ace worked a case for a client from his hometown, multimillionaire Jake Adams, seeking proof that his wife, Sheila was cheating on him so that he would pay less in alimony and most likely keep the home he designed. Ace succeeded, but Jake lost the house to Sheila anyway.
Jake wants to hire Ace to investigate who burned down “his” home. Though he would prefer to stay away from Cisco, Ace accepts because the fee will pay off his outstanding debts. Ace immediately learns two people died in the fire. He assumes Sheila is one, but has no idea whom the other is. Though local, townsfolk treat Ace like an outsider refusing to cooperate with him; except for Bubba, who loved Sheila and was the cause of the divorce. As Ace continues his inquiries for a conflict of interest pair of clients (Bubba vs. Jake) and falls in love, someone tries to ace the sleuth whose only allies are his two cats.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner
ACE, Private Investigator, is hired by his wealthy friend Jake to investigate the cause of a fire which burned down the house Jake loved but lost to his ex-wife in a divorce settlement. Ace uncovers Arson combined with murder. He finds romance and tragedy in the course of his pursuit of the truth. Aided by his two charming cats, he discovers the criminal and brings the case to a close.
This report prepared by Regina Pounds