The Working Dead New York Detective Armand DiPino is back home in San Francisco. A bullet to the head has left him with Transitory Partial Amnesia. He meets Emily an old flame and becomes involved in a human trafficking case in which her powerful father is the prime suspect. The case ensnares... read more
Transient partial amnesia has put Detective Armand DiPino in a dangerous place. After surviving a shooting in the New York subway DiPino is in San Francisco for a funeral. He meets a journalist from South America who tells him that they had gone to a party together the previous winter, a Super... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Transient partial amnesia has put Detective Armand DiPino in a dangerous place. After surviving a shooting in the New York subway DiPino is in San Francisco for a funeral. He meets a journalist from South America who tells him that they had gone to a party together the previous winter, a Super Bowl party thrown by the subject of an investigation into human trafficking, sexual slavery, and murder. She remembers him but he’s at a loss. DiPino begins to tug at the strings of a conspiracy he’d already investigated, angering the very men who ordered him shot in the first place.
FBI Special Agent Rosalee Moore runs a task force assigned to interdict the trafficking of young women from Latin America into the US. Ambitious and impatient she learns that a hit has been ordered on DiPino and recruits Mickey Reidel to convince DiPino to return to New York.
Emily Laws-Battier is locked in a struggle for control of her family’s mining interests. Her opponents include her father, Sullivan Laws, and her husband. She asks for DiPino’s help and they become lovers again on a trip to Las Emilianas her hacienda in the Amazonia region. Emily is facing labor unrest organized by a union calling itself The Working Dead. After a colonel in the secret police invades her home he is shot dead and she urges DiPino to leave the country to avoid being framed for murder.
Back in San Francisco DiPino discovers a business connection between Sullivan Laws and his grandfather, Frank Devane. Frank’s funeral was an enormous event and DiPino’s mother, Adele, is working hard to execute her father’s estate. She is learning that her father wasn’t quite the pillar of the community everyone supposed he was; there are shady deals and ties to mobsters, but Adele has no idea how dangerous the family’s secrets are.
With the aid of unlikely ally DiPino puts the pieces of his shattered memory back together and soon realizes that the murder of his uncle thirty years earlier was the beginning of a deadly alliance that threatens his life and that of his mother.
“The concierge asked if he could help, as did a young woman in a blue jacket with green piping on her lapel. DiPino said he had a breakfast meeting and was escorted to an elegant restaurant known to have eight thousand bottles of wine to choose from. He chose coffee and a twelve-dollar muffin.”
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