A Crack in Everything

A Susan Callisto Mystery

By Angela Gerst
(Poisoned Pen Press, Hardcover, 9781590589441, 258pp.)

Publication Date: September 2011

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Politics, money, love . . . what could go wrong? Susan Callisto is pushing thirty and taking stock. Before she traded financial security at a Boston law firm for sandals and jeans in Waltham, she specialized in real estate law. Now she has reinvented herself as a political consultant for ordinary people seeking low-level office. Her income may be dicey, but Susan loves her new life until her sometime boyfriend, Detective Lieutenant Michael Benedict, dumps her without a goodbye. Not one to mope, Susan uses humor and perpetual motion to push away the pain. Susan's new world is one where politics can turn deadly and even love may not survive. So when local high roller Charles Renfrow offers her a huge retainer to advise his political campaign, Susan is wary. Why would a scientist stalking the human genome want to be mayor of a small Massachusetts town? Finding the answer takes Susan through a maze of toxic secrets including those floating around Renfrow's biotech company. On her way to confront him, Susan instead finds the body of his beautiful assistant. Assigned to the case, Michael reenters Susan's life.
When Michael's suspicions settle on Roddie Baird, yet another, and favorite, of Susan's clients, Susan elbows her way into the investigation. She hopes to prove Michael wrong. As she probes and lays her own life on the line Susan uncovers a crack in everything .




About the Author
After law school, Angela Gerst moved from New York to Massachusetts and worked at journals. As a suburban desk reporter, she covered local happenings for the Newton Times and the Boston Globe, with a detour as press secretary for a Boston cultural organization. Her interest in local issues became a passion for campaigning and political consulting-which led inexorably to this first Susan Callisto mystery novel. Using her experience in magazine sales and marketing, she has helped define and set up Meadowlark Media. She and her husband live near Boston.
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