Pocket, April 2003, 9.95, 256 pp.
Felix Novak and Soraya Navarro were the best of friends as were their fathers who were partners in the New York Police Department. During a drug bust, Billy Navarro is killed and Franklin Novak is branded a coward for not backing him up. Franklin's wife leaves her husband taking their two children to a rural Oregon town where they learn to hate their father.
At nineteen, Penelope Franklin comes to New York and travels the club circuit until she dies of an overdose. Her brother Felix comes to New York to find out what happened to his sister because she called him to say she was frightened and in over her head. He hooks up with Soraya who also wants to learn the truth. She saw Penelope at one of the clubs that her boyfriend manages. Felix sees his father for the first time in twelve years and joins him in his investigation. They learn Penelope was murdered and all the concerned parties are determined to catch the killer no matter what it takes.
This is a chick-lit mystery starring two young adults (one of them a college student), who has the strength and courage to investigate the death of someone they love and the wisdom to handle the truths they learn. The club scene comes alive in LITTLE SISTER'S LAST DOSE and readers will understand why the drug of choice, OxyContin is so dangerous. Alex Minter's first installment of what will be a mystery trilogy is so good that the audience will want to read the next two books as soon as they are published.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner