By Rachel Brady
Poisoned Pen Press, Hardcover, 9781590588109, 250pp.
Publication Date: December 7, 2010
Single mom Emily Locke is building a new life with her daughter. Hoping to spend more time at home, she's put her career on hold to work part-time for her private investigator friend, Richard Cole. It's a nice balance between work and family until Emily finds out she's been working for the attorney that defended her husband's killer. The discovery nearly destroys her friendship with Richard, but Emily resists abandoning his client, the socialite Claire Gaston, who awaits trial for the murder of a local plastic surgeon. The threat of losing her children to a self-serving ex-husband terrifies Claire more than the specter of a life behind bars. Sympathetic to a mother's fears and unconvinced of Claire's guilt, Emily resolves to stick with the case despite her growing concerns about Richard and the dubious attorney who hired him. A mysterious note leads her into a daring undercover ruse at a high brow ladies health club. Impervious to fashion trends, disinterested in beauty treatments, Emily fakes conformity with Houston's elite debutantes and trophy wives in a surreal fitness subculture where things, and people, are seldom what they seem. At this gym, "killer workout" has a whole new meaning.
“Dead Lift goes down like a shot of something smooth and smoky. Rachel Brady's new book is even better than Final Approach, and Emily Locke is on her way to being one of PI fiction's most interesting detectives. I loved it, and Brady is here to stay.” --Timothy Hallinan, author of The Queen of Patpong
A winner! Clever, contemporary, and oh-so-savvy—Emily Locke is genuinely charming! Her brains, her humor and her heart make DEAD LIFT another fast-paced page-turner" --Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha Winning author of Prime Time
"Brady's wry look at fashionista spa life and the spirited, down-to-earth Emily mark this as a series to watch" --Publisher's Weekly
“Dead Lift has everything a mystery should have: a smart sleuth, a puzzling mystery, a vivid setting, and an exciting resolution. But what makes it special is the way real life--and real emotions--are blended into the story. Protagonist Emily Locke is someone you'll want to spend time with.” --Toni LP Kelner, Agatha winning author