Deep Pockets by Linda Barnes

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Harvard professor Wilson Chaney's position in life is hanging by a thread; his marriage, his reputation, not to mention his tenure at Harvard are in the hands of a blackmailer, someone threatening to sell Chaney's secrets at very high prices. His enviable life could disappear into thin air should the blackmailer's evidence-proof of his affair with a young student-become public knowledge.

So he hires Boston private investigator Carlotta Carlyle to track down the blackmailer and put a stop to the scheme. Can she do it? Of course, but should she? The professor doesn't inspire much loyalty-after all, he did commit adultery with one of his own students-but Carlotta agrees. Digging into the case, nosing around Harvard and the possible suspects from the rest of Dr. Chaney's life, she uncovers a suspicious death as part of the backstory to Dr. Chaney's situation. Suddenly Carlotta's sixth sense is telling her the case might be more complicated-and more dangerous-than it first seemed.

Fresh from the success of The Big Dig, the masterful Linda Barnes delivers a bold and engaging novel infused with the deft touch and intricate suspense that have become her trademarks.


About Linda Barnes

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LINDA BARNES is the author of sixteen previous novels, including her Carlotta Carlyle mystery series. Her work has won the Anthony and American Mystery awards, and received numerous nominations for the Edgar and Shamus awards. Born in Detroit, she now lives in the Boston area with her husband and son.
Published December 28, 2004 by Minotaur Books. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It’s only then that the case starts to assume its true proportions, as Carlotta gradually teases out the tangle of drug trials, fraud, civil suits, and murder that links Chaney, his wealthy and imperious wife, a porous security firm, and the venerable university.

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In other words, plenty to keep a reader chasing after the delightful Carlyle while she chases after the bad guys.

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Reviewing the Evidence

It's always a pleasure to catch up with Carlotta and her friends again, and DEEP POCKETS is no exception.

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Reviewing the Evidence

There's also Gloria who owns the cab company (once Green and White now it's Marvin's Magnificent Cabs, aka 'black and blue' alas, for the new color scheme) and who still champions Carlotta's relationship with Sam Gianelli.

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Unable to resist, Carlotta goes down the side path that this death takes her not realizing how dangerous her detour will soon prove as there is much more to this case than simply a blackmailed cheating husband In her tenth appearance, Carlotta remains an invigorating private investigator.

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