THE MONEY KILL
This high-stakes suspense novel boasts fast-paced action and intriguing characters. The tension increases as the truthfulness of more and more contacts comes into question, leaving the investigators with no one to trust. Lief illustrates the complexities of family life and societal inequalities with a deft hand.
Private investigator Mac MacLeary and his wife Karin are hired by a wealthy woman to investigate her billionaire husband for infidelity. They find no evidence of misconduct and accept a more lucrative job that includes work in London followed by a family vacation in Sardinia. Mac soon realizes that the case is bogus, but at that point it is too late to quit. When he and Karin go to Sardinia to meet up with their assistant and kids, they discover that they’re all missing. They must unravel the connection between the two cases to find their family. (HARPER, Apr., 326 pp., $7.99)