Berkley, Oct 2002, 5.99, 208 pp.
Ex FBI agent Jeff Talbot is very content with being an antique dealer, buying “treasures” at yard sales and homes where the residents are leaving. He sells them back to collectors and stores that specialize in such items. This weekend he's leaving business behind and meeting with old friends to fish and play poker. Before Jeff reaches the cabin, he finds his friend Bill Rhodes murdered in his fish and bait shop.
Unable to forget the instincts that made him a good FBI agent, he starts questioning people including the victim's wife and mistress. He passes on the information he learns to the local sheriff and returns home to sort out some pickings, both his that he bought and Bill's fishing lures that his wife gave to Jeff on consignment. After a busy day of work he returns home to find his severely agoraphobic wife missing. Jeff's first priority is to find his wife and to do that he has to figure out if Bill's murder played a part in her disappearance, and if so, what?
Any woman who wants a man should pick one exactly like the hero of THE WEEDLESS WIDOW. He is sensitive, caring, earthy and strong-willed so anyone he cares about will know he's there for them. The mystery is enthralling, almost as much as the insider's look at a picker and an antique collector.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner