A PI ON THE EDGE OF BURNOUT… A TERRORIST PLOT IN THE DEAD OF WINTER…Minneapolis PI Marta Hjelm failed to prevent a preventable murder. Her guilt has brought her right to the edge of burnout and dropout. But a prize specimen from her ancient past-her cheating ex-husband-appears out of nowhere with a gig too good to turn down. One last job, Marta figures, can’t hurt.
But hurt it does, as Marta tries to make sense of a terrorist plot at a major ad agency. In the dead of a long, bitter Minnesota winter, Marta struggles to survive attempts on her life. To understand her conflicted feelings toward an ex who wants her back and toward the man who healed her when everything was dark. To make peace with the ghost of a victim she should have saved. And to crack open multiple conspiracies that lead to murder and smoking ruin.
“A tale of blackmail, greed, vendetta, and murder… A wonderful new mystery from a wonderful new author.” -Carole Nelson Douglas, author of the Midnight Louie and Irene Adler series
“A taut murder mystery with a great heroine… [The author] has the most vivid imagination and he puts it to use in this story. The secondary characters are fabulous. I never guessed the who-done-it until it’s revealed…. I highly recommend Smoking Ruin for the rich characters, the setting, and the mystery that kept this reader glued to the pages.” -Harlie’s Books