Ellie stops for a friendly chat with gardener Eduardo Fuentes while patrolling one of Los Angeles s premier concert halls. Read more...
Ellie stops for a friendly chat with gardener Eduardo Fuentes while patrolling one of Los Angeles s premier concert halls. A few minutes later she s shocked to discover him lying at the bottom of a staircase, clinging to life and whispering something indecipherable. Nearby, the father of Xu, a Chinese superstar classical musician, claims Fuentes was knocked down while attempting to steal his son s multimillion-dollar cello a story Ellie has trouble believing.
Meanwhile Ellie has issues of her own to deal with like the curious theft of her car, a 1969 Pontiac Skylark. But after the gardener takes his last breath and Xu mysteriously disappears, it s clear to Ellie she must act quickly before someone else falls silent "
- ISBN-13: 9780425264966
- ISBN-10: 0425264963
- Publisher: Berkley Books
- Publish Date: April 2015
- Page Count: 304
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
- Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 pounds
Series: Officer Ellie Rush Mystery
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-02-23
- Reviewer: Staff
In Edgar-winner Hirahara’s delightfully original follow-up to 2013’s Murder on Bamboo Lane, Ellie Rush, an LAPD bicycle cop, is on routine patrol on Grand Avenue, near the Walt Disney Concert Hall, when gardener Eduardo Fuentes is critically injured after falling down a flight of outdoor stairs. Eduardo later dies in the hospital. His family accuses Fang Xu, the father of classical musician Xu, who had been performing at the Disney Concert Hall, of pushing Eduardo down the stairs. Fang claims he was trying to prevent Eduardo from stealing his son’s cello, worth $5 million. Xu is an international star of major importance to China. Although seasoned investigators soon supplant Ellie, she can’t help getting involved in the case. Meanwhile, she has her car stolen, helps bust a bicycle-theft ring, and hunts the elusive Old Lady Bandit. Readers will look forward to seeing more of the ambitious Ellie, who both impresses and frustrates her superiors. Agent: Allison Cohen, Gersh Agency. (Apr.)