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An Ace Edwards Mystery
Nichols of Grand Saline, Texas is referred to Arthur Conan Edwards
(Ace) by Ace's friend, Jake. Johnny is being blackmailed by Jade
and Hugo Noble for a marital indiscretion. Ace turns over his pending
cases to his close friend and fellow P.I. in Dallas, Kit Carson
Levitt. Kit is in love with Ace but refuses any relationship until
Ace can remove his dead former love, Terri Hart, from his mind.
departs for Dallas with his two cats, Sweeper and Striker. In Grand
Saline he meets the autocratic Loticia Adams, Johnny's mother-in-law,
who tells Ace she thinks he is not capable of handling the case.
Mrs. Adams has successfully ruined Johnny's marriage to her daughter,
Louise. She has raised their son, Matthew Thomas Evans Nichols,
grooming him to enter politics; he is destined to be president.
She is obsessed with her ancestors, the Adams family.
attempts to retrieve the incriminating tapes and pictures for Johnny
but is foiled by the murders of Jade and Hugo. Kit arrives to help
him in his investigation. They find their lives threatened by the
unknown murderer and are aided by the Ghosts of Clark's Ferry.
is a case of a dysfunctional family whose weaknesses and pride lead
to tragedy. The characters are well developed, giving the reader
a glimpse into the depths of their motives. The incident of the
Ghosts of Clark's Ferry is scary as well as intriguing. There are
numerous references to characters and events in previous books.
It would be helpful to read these first.