Kinsey Millhone, private detective, takes on a case to find wealthy Elaine Boldt for her sister. This should be easy and take only a day or two. Wrong!!
The widow was seen leaving her condo in California in a lynx fur coat to go to her condo in Florida. But she never got there. Kinsey follows the path but somewhere along the way it starts turning very sinister. The house next door in California was torched just before Elaine left. Is this just an unrelated event? A woman claiming Elaine is elsewhere is camped out in her Florida condo. Her cat was dropped off at the vets and never retrieved and her fur coat turns up with Elaine
Kinsey does not have as much personality as some of the other series detectives such as McNally and Dallas but the story is much more involved and the twists and turns more rewarding.
First Line: "I'd been in the office no more than twenty minutes that morning."