You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family, goes the saying. Boston PI Fina Ludlow knows this all too well. When her sister-in-law Melanie goes missing, Ludlow probes the depths of her high-powered lawyer family in search of answers. No one is above suspicion, and Melanie’s husband, Rand, is at the top of her list. Was infidelity the reason behind Melanie’s disappearance? Rand insists he wasn’t unfaithful, but Ludlow knows how slippery her brother can be. Ludlow works to gather information from those closest to her sister, from her best girlfriends to her beautiful teenage daughter, who seems to be engaged in some dubious behavior of her own. Ludlow has the shrewdness of her parents and siblings (she knows getting information often requires descending into the city’s underbelly), but she has compassion, too. Fans of the Kinsey Millhone mysteries will enjoy this engaging, if a bit predictable, debut. --Allison Block
"Kinsey Millhone, you've got competition. This firecracker of a series starter is a perfect summer read. It introduces Fina Ludlow, the in-house private investigator for her family's ethically shaky law firm. What starts as a search for her missing sister-in-law uncovers bombshells and twisted family secrets. "
— Entertainment Weekly
"What starts, in Thoft’s dazzling first novel, as a missing-persons case for Boston PI Fina Ludlow—the search for her sister-in-law, Melanie—swells through layers of familial secrets, lies, and betrayals to something approaching Greek tragedy....Readers will be eager to see more of smash-mouth Fina, a hard-boiled throwback equally comfortable shooting from the hip or the lip."
— Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Thoft’s promising debut introduces a significantly flawed but tough new PI and offers up compelling suspense, while the smooth prose keeps things moving right along….This mystery wrapped in family drama should please fans of contemporary suspense of the more hard-boiled sort.”
— Library Journal
“(Fina) Ludlow has the shrewdness of her parents and siblings but she has compassion, too. Fans of the Kinsey Millhone mysteries will enjoy this engaging debut.”
"LOYALTY's Fina Ludlow is my hero. If I were in a bad spot, I'd want her at my back. Don't miss it."
— # 1 New York Times
-bestselling author Catherine Coulter
"In her debut novel, Ingrid Thoft gives us Fina Ludlow, the newest private eye to prowl Boston's mean streets. Fina returns the female detective to the heart of the hard-boiled tradition: hard-drinking, hard-loving, moody. Writer Ingrid Thoft has given her a dysfunctional extended family that rivals the Ewings of Dallas
fame, which adds a dimension not often seen in the PI novel."
— New York Times-
bestselling author Sara Paretsky
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