This fourth installment of the Spencer Manning Mystery series focuses on the famous Riverview Amusement Park in Chicago. In this tale, a 16-year-old amusement park worker fails to come home from work one day, and Spencer sets out to track him down. Spencer makes numerous enemies as he attempts to solve a seemingly intractable mystery that seems to grow in complexity by the minute. When he starts to ask questions, missing turns to murder and Spencer is pulled into a sinister plot that goes far beyond a missing boy and promises to be a rollercoaster ride of surprises for fans of great mysteries, and a worthy addition to this fine series.
If it’s a frame, it’s a good one. Justice is a strange animal—sometimes it comes late, sometimes it never comes at all, and sometimes it comes for the wrong crime. Spencer is offered the highest profile case of his career, but is conflicted about helping the person making the offer. And he can’t help but wonder if, this time, justice has caught up… but for the wrong crime. And maybe that’s okay. Two murders leave Spencer trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle and remembering a time when Chicago streets were ruled by Al Capone and Bugs Moran, and tommy guns left Chicago streets bathed in blood.
Dealing with death is never easy, especially when it’s murder—especially for Chicago P.I. Spencer Manning when he can’t directly help. As a distraction, he heads to Green Bay, Wisconsin, on a case involving some perplexing letters, or so he thinks. In this twisty tale of revenge and fraud, the letters lead him back to the murder and a race to solve a puzzle before the murderer strikes again. The Green Bay police say they have solved the case… or have they? In a final surprising twist, Spencer uses an emerging science to catch a murderer. The best Spencer book yet will keep you turning pages right up to the end.