THE ALIBI MAN
Tough, contrary Elena Estes returns in another high-stakes tale of mystery and murder. First introduced in Dark Horse, Elena is a damaged heroine whose sense of justice is strong, but she's stuck with a huge case of survivor's guilt. The phenomenal Hoag's tales never shy away from the seamy underbelly of society and guarantee unparalleled suspense.
Cop turned horse rider Elena is once again caught up in the dangerous world of Palm Beach high society, money and murder. When she discovers the murdered body of co-worker Irina Markova, she feels both grief and anger. After Elena learns that wealthy Bennett Walker may have been one of the last people to see Irina at an exclusive "old boys" party, she suspects the worst.
Twenty years ago Elena was engaged to Bennett, until he asked her to give him an alibi for the rape and beating of a girl. She refused and was disowned by her famous defense attorney father.
For Irina's sake, Elena vows to get to the truth -- wherever that takes her -- and it just might lead to both the deadly world of the Russian mafia and the high society "Alibi Club."
(Apr., 351 pp., $26.00)