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A major new suspense novel by the author of the triple award-winning Katwalk. After her rich grandmother dies, Paige Morrell hires P.I. Kat Colorado to look into the mysteries of her birth and parentage. leads her to the twin sister of Paige's mother--a woman who predicts the future . . . but wants no part of the past.


From Publisher's Weekly: Outstanding among today's female detectives, PI Kat Colorado exhibits conscience and compassion, muscle and wisecracking savvy in an appealing and believable combination. Kat agrees to help presumed orphan Paige Morrell find out about her parents now that her grandmother Florence, who refused to discuss them, has died. Little by little, Kat peels away layers of the past, discovering that Paige's mother, one of twin daughters mistreated by Florence, may still be alive. Enhancing the story and complicating Kat's life as she travels to Lake Tahoe, Calif., and to Omaha are her lover Hank, her ``self-appointed grandmother'' Alma and her unstable best friend Charity, an advice columnist . In taut confident prose, Edgar Award-winner Kijewski ( Katapult ), who is Mystery Writers of American Nor/Cal vice-president, delivers an intricate plot to complete reader satisfaction. (Mar.)

From Library Journal: Crisp styling and spunky supporting characters give this series title verve and charm. Narrator Kat Colorado, a socially conscious Sacramento private investigator with a Las Vegas policeman lover, accepts the challenge of finding the birth parents of an ``orphan'' whose autocratic but rich grandmother has just died. Paige Morrell and scruffy boyfriend Paul may be more interested in proving her right to inherit; however, Kat thinks she has a right to know about her folks. A long process of questioning and digging into family secrets eventually achieves results, but not without close calls and further murder.

From School Library Journal: YA-- When Paige Morril hires sleuth Kat Colorado to research her family history, it seems like a harmless investigation. But as more and more of the Morril heritage is revealed, murders, lies, and deceit come to light. With Kat comes a cast of memorable characters: her best friend, Charity, who writes a column for the lovelorn and solves her own problems with junk food; a soap opera-addicted grandmother; an adding machine repairman whose bizarre collection of statistics begins each chapter; and marriage-minded, hunk Hank, who loves Kat. These zany cohorts, a twisting plot, and humor make the book a treasure. Watch out Grafton and Paretsky, the competition has arrived!--Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA

From Marilyn Stasio - The New York Times Book Review: Ms. Kijewski uses corny devices--long-lost twins, stolen documents, fake identities, secret diaries--to tell her domestic tragedy. But she uses the conventions with ease, if not subtlety, and she lightens the gloom with highlights from Kat's tangled love life and the cute capers of her eccentric friends and house pets. The tonal contrast between these antic scenes and the harrowing events of the mystery plot would be jarring except for the compassion that good, kind Kat shows to every character, and the sense of humor that she bringsto every situation.

From The Publisher: She's a hard-boiled Sacramento P.I. with a soft spot for the unlucky, the unloved, and one special cop named Hank. Her name is Kat Colorado and in her line of business curiosity can be mre than an occupational hazard -- it can be murder.

She said her name was Paige Morrell and she came to Kat Colorado hoping to untangle the twisted mystery of her past. She was a twenty-one-year-old "orphan," a poor little rich girl on the verge of inheriting a weathy old river estate -- and some very nasty surprises. But when Kat set out to solve the case, she found herself following a thread of lies, greed and deceit that led straight to the corpse of a key source to Paige's past. Now the Sacramento private eye was about to learn that in the California Delta some family secrets were better left buried . . .because uncovering them could be murder.