Henry Holt, Sept 2002, 24.00, 256 pp.
Before he was murdered and the death made to look like a cover up, scientist Carl Greene worked for a Seattle based pharmaceutical company, Bioflux. He asked an old friend, journalist Kevin Burns to meet him, but Carl never shows up. Later Kevin learns about the accident.
That night Carl's widow Lucy hears somebody rummaging in Carl's home office. She chases the perp off but the next day the people from Bioflux come to take away Carl's computer files and papers, claiming it is proprietary information. Darcy, a former jewel thief hooks up with Lucy because her boss, the warden of a prison, wants the documents Carl had on the prisoners dealing with TB. Lucy's brother who is suffering from Gulf War Syndrome is shot to death for knowledge he held. Lucy, Darcy and Kevin are determined to find out what Bioflux wants so desperately to hide or die trying.
Without realizing it, Lucy and Darcy stumble across an illegal government cover up that they want hushed up despite the collateral damage. After losing her husband the protagonist finds the strength to duel the various factions who want to silence her. Lucy is a smart and likable character who draws on her own inner strength when she needs it. Darcy is a scene-stealer with her sarcastic quips and pithy comments. Jenny Siller has written a fantastic crime thriller that fans of Nancy Taylor Rosenberg will enjoy.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner