They said bee stings killed her, but Nick Bancroft doesn't believe it.
When Vicki Fowler's body is found covered with bee stings in a Central Illinois pasture the sheriff calls her death an accident. Freelance reporter and private detective Nick Bancroft doesn't believe it. He learns the victim lived in a home for young unwed mothers who work as waitresses and whores at a local nightclub. Murder suspects include an alcoholic handy man, the man and wife who operate the home, a nightclub operator and his henchman, and a sheriff's deputy.
Federal agents on the trail of an international porno ring try to halt Nick's investigation. Nick is beaten and thrown in a ditch. Later he and his earthy lover, Maggie Atley, are dumped in a deep lake with weights tied to their ankles.
The Nick Bancroft Mysteries are "power packed ... draw the reader into the story from the opening line and hold the attention to the surprising end. Peopled with fascinating, credible characters," raves Holly Martin in Black Dragon Reviews. Bob Liter's detective novels are full of "twists and turns says Detra Fitch in Huntress Book Reviews.
"You keep sticking your nose in this and somebody will cut it off all the way down to your throat."