When she finds Billy Wayne Dobson dead outside of Mr. Kim's Chinese restaurant, Lalla Bains' life begins a strange and dangerous side trip. A former model turned crop duster, she takes what life throws at her in stride if not always gracefully.
The characters in this book are strongly defined and very, very memorable. Lalla makes tough decisions, sometimes risking the goodwill of important people in her life, but she does what she feels is the right thing to do and garners full respect for her convictions.
The Modesto, CA setting is so well described that a fan and a cool drink is almost a requirement while reading this smoothly written mystery. When the ending arrives, you know that you've been on a wild ride with a spirited and feisty woman.
I recommend this book for anyone looking for a bit of grit with their mystery. Mary R. Fairchild "Mare F"