From Publishers Weekly
Loneliness-how some manage it and how others are perverted by it-governs this assured 10th outing for San Francisco PI John Marshall Tanner, seen recently in Southern Cross. Tanner hurries to Seattle after an urgent call from his onetime lover, Peggy Nettleton, whose planned marriage to wealthy businessman Ted Evans is in jeopardy because Evans's daughter, Nina, a photographers' model, has vanished. Greenleaf alternates between Tanner's classically noir first-person narrative and the third-person account of Nina's plunge into the converging worlds of erotic art, pornography and virtual reality. Someone in Seattle is using digitally manipulated images to turn unsuspecting people into pornography subjects. When a photographer who abused Nina's trust turns up dead, Tanner's search takes on new urgency and leads to a dangerously warped and misogynist mogul. In Greenleaf's plausible high-tech exploitation scenario, Nina's danger becomes palpable. So is the worldly 50-ish detective's desire to help Peggy and perhaps rekindle their romance as his ruminations on the power of money, sex and security give rich character to an absorbing tale.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
San Francisco investigator John Marshall Tanner is sitting alone in his apartment drinking beer and watching television when he gets a call from former secretary and lover Peggy Nettleton. She'd left six years earlier, destination unknown. But the call isn't the one he wanted: Peggy doesn't need Marsh the lover, she needs Tanner the private eye. Her future stepdaughter, Nina, is missing. Peggy is engaged to a wealthy Seattle stockbroker, but he won't get married until his daughter is found. Tanner agrees to help, if only because he hopes to be able to rekindle Peggy's love for him. Nina turns out to be an extraordinarily beautiful young woman who earns her living as a nude model. When her image turns up in a particularly graphic Seattle show and when the photographer is found murdered, Tanner fears the worst. Though Nina felt superior to her peers, she inhabited a world of pornography, nude dancers, strippers, and johns--a world Tanner knows all too well. As the case progresses, Tanner discovers that Peggy's intended isn't quite what he seems and that long-ago family secrets, when coupled with a frightening new virtual-reality technology, can lead to heartache as well as death. The Tanner series continues to be among the most emotionally and intellectually challenging in the genre. Outstanding. Wes Lukowsky