Requiem for a Dealer
A Brodie Farrell Mystery
By Jo Bannister
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312362119, 288pp.)
Publication Date: December 12, 2006
Categories: Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
You can waste a lot of time looking. . . . Or you can pay me to find it for you.
Brodie Farrell is a busy woman, what with running her one-woman firm Looking for Something? and raising her daughter. So on her night off, all she wants is to spend a relaxing evening teaching her friend Daniel Hood to drive. But the evening takes a disturbing turn when Daniel hits a young woman who seems to appear out of nowhere. The girl, Alison Barker, is mostly uninjured, but before she runs off she accuses Daniel of trying to kill her.
The other man in Brodie's life, Detective Superintendent Jack Deacon, isn't much help; he's too busy investigating a dangerous new drug called Scram. But when Alison Barker turns up at the hospital, not as a result of the car accident but because of the lethal amount of Scram in her system, Jack is forced to get involved. Alison claims that the death of her father, a local purebred horse dealer, was murder---and that unless someone helps her, she'll be next.
Brodie once again finds herself torn between the two men in her life---Daniel believes Alison's story, Jack doesn't. It's up to Brodie to infiltrate Alison's world of show jumping and discover the truth herself, before it's too late.
The author of over twenty acclaimed novels, Jo Bannister started her career as a journalist after leaving school at sixteen to work on a local weekly newspaper. Shortlisted for several prestigious awards, she left a career as an editor to pursue her writing full time. She lives in Northern Ireland and is currently working on her next novel. Breaking Faith is the fifth in her series featuring Brodie Farrell, Daniel Hood, and Jack Deacon.
Praise for Jo Bannister
“Bannister is one of the genre’s best.” ---Booklist
The Depths of Solitude
“Suspenseful.” ---Publishers Weekly
“What makes this mystery so compulsively readable is its sinister, disturbing tone and the perceptive psychological insights Bannister brings to her characters.” ---Deadly Pleasures
“Bannister is one of the undersung treasures of the mystery genre, and it’s high time she got the attention she deserves.” ---Chicago Tribune
“Poignant and chilling psychological thriller.” ---Publishers Weekly
“In a novel full of well-developed, interesting characters, Bannister builds a complex case with plenty of surprises that will keep readers guessing about what really happened until the very end.” ---Booklist
Echoes of Lies
“Bannister scores high on character with her persuasive insights into the psychological responses to pain.” ---The New York Times Book Review