Dell, Oct 2003, 5.99, 400 pp.
The Vaca Grande Ranch outside Tucson is Trade Ellis' first love but to add income to the family coffers she occasionally works as a private investigator. One day she watches her cousin Bea a news anchor for channel four on TV when the co-anchor, Terez Montiel reports that the Cordelia Jones death may connect to a kinky sex cult.
Soon after that telecast, a woman hires Trade to find her sister who has gone missing. The client is Ann Aldridge and her beloved younger sister is Terez Montiel. Through intensive research, Trade discovers that the missing woman was investigating a local sex cult the Kiva club. Trade manages to spy on one of their meetings, but what she sees sickens her. Still despite local and national authorities telling her to back off, Trade is determined to find the missing anchorwoman.
Sinclair Browning has written a very gritty and realistic urban noir crime thriller starring a protagonist it is impossible not to like. She is tough, independent and refuses to give up until she solves the case to her satisfaction. She is fascinating to watch, gathering and assembling the pieces of the puzzle and then struggling to make them fit into a comprehensible picture that will give her the answers to solve the case. TRAGEDY ANN is a superlative who-done-it.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner