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Death in the Haight: A Dutton Guilt Edged Mystery    by Ronald Tierney order for
Death in the Haight
by Ronald Tierney
Order:  USA  Can
Penguin, 2012 (2012)
* * *   Reviewed by Wanda Plourde

Noah Lang, a private investigator in the great city of San Francisco, is walking down a very old street in the Haight. It holds many memories for him. Noah is looking for a missing fifteen-year-old and keeps coming up empty. Two police officers harassed him for information on the boy and told him to back off. Just when he thinks of dropping the case, the boy's parents hire him. Their son has been kidnapped and the ransom is a million dollars in small unmarked bills.

Lang also discovers that the police are after Michael Vanderveer because he is connected through DNA to the murder of a prostitute in a hotel room. Lang finds this fishy since the parents claim their missing son is gay. Futhermore this whole case is just not adding up at all. The ransomers are slow in their demands which seems odd. Finally things start to turn around, but Lang still feels he is being led in the wrong direction, and it is becoming a race against the clock.

Everyone likes a good mystery and everyone likes to try and solve the crime before the end. I am no exception to this rule. But every good mystery also twists and turns and leaves you breathless. This one proves to be right up there with the best.

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