P.I. Bill Smith is hired by a woman who wants him to recover some of her valuable, stolen artworks. His client is the artist, and one he highly respects.

Unusual occurrences abound. The teenage daughter of a local business-man disappears, and when Smith refuses the case, he earns the wrath of her father. The teenage brother of the owner of the local bar disappears as well, and a corpse turns up at the bar. Suspicion falls on the missing boy.

Smith agrees to look for the boy and prove his innocence. Finding the boy is easy enough; proving his innocence is not. Smith realizes that the murder, robbery and even the run-away girl are connected. Hell have to battle with men who will stop at nothing to get their own way.

STONE QUARRY is a tight, complex tale of power and the corruption it breeds. This is a tough, bleak story and proves that women writers are capable of writing classic hard-boiled crime fiction. (Sep., 288 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg