Another Wyatt book, another "for pleasure" reread.
From the Blurb:
Wyatt is broke - and angry. The Mesics took his money a year ago. It's time to get it back.
The Outfit has other plans. They want Wyatt dead. $40,000 is a small price to pay to make it happen.
The stranger appeared just after lunch on day one of Wyatt's operation against the Mesics.
Nine tautly plotted stories of crime and detection ranging from the darkly dangerous to the frankly comical. All with young adult central characters - some authors have taken their own characters back to their childhood - others have created completely new characters.
"Straight...an insurance investigator recalled to his childhood uncovers a body and ghosts from his past.
"Bent...an unseen stranger confuses a crime writer with the characters who stalk the pages of his books.
"Barbara Vine...a conservator restoring a flood-damaged Venice crypt suspects that he's been implicated in a murder.
"Twelve dazzling stories by an award-winning author writing at the peak of his ability, introduced by an elegant testament to the writing process itself."
The neat suburban homes of the peninsula seem like an improbable setting for sex parties, blackmail and murder.