From Publishers Weekly
Juliet Applebaum, ex-public defender and "self-employed mother," juggles the demands of her oversized four-month-old daughter and a case involving a female prisoner in her engrossing sixth outing (after 2004's Murder Plays House
). Sandra Lorgeree, an inmate of California's isolated Dartmore prison, has surrendered her baby to foster care only to discover that the baby and the foster parents have disappeared. When Sandra is brutally murdered, Juliet is convinced that her death is not just the result of prison violence. While sleep-deprived Juliet schleps through L.A. and Northern California in search of the truth and Sandra's missing baby, her husband deals with his own legal problems, making for a less than blissful existence at their quirky home in the Hollywood hills. Waldman, herself a former public defender, vividly portrays life on the street and behind prison walls. Human and credible characters—in particular, a smart, sensitive sleuth—lift a mystery that should delight committed fans and attract new ones.
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Juliet Applebaum, lawyer turned stay-at-home mother and private investigator, is trying to cope with nursing her third child and keeping her marriage alive. Meanwhile, she and her business partner, Al, get a new case that will take them into the grim world of incarcerated mothers. Sandra Lorgeree gave birth while serving time on a drug charge. She had to surrender her son to foster care and wants to find him so that she can regain custody when she is released. Juliet begins looking into the situation and finds some highly irregular arrangements. The baby and the foster parents have vanished. When Sandra is murdered, allegedly by another prisoner, Juliet has her doubts and follows the trail to a conspiracy involving some of San Francisco's most powerful families. Waldman always provides full-bodied characters, humor, and a socially conscious plot that entertains as it enlightens. A solid addition to the popular Applebaum series. Barbara BibelCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved