The Big Dig by Linda Barnes
(Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries)

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Carlotta Carlyle, the six-foot-tall redheaded private investigator, thought that working undercover searching out fraud on Boston's Big Dig would be a challenging assignment. After all, the Big Dig, the creation of a central artery tunnel running beneath crowded downtown Boston is an engineering marvel, the largest urban construction project in modern history, a fourteen billion dollar boondoggle in the eyes of protesters. Playing a mild-mannered secretary working out of a construction trailer is not quite the thrill ride she had in mind.

Carlotta decides to moonlight, taking on a missing persons case, but the search for Veronica James turns up one dead end after another. So do her fraud investigations on the Dig, and soon it looks like Carlotta has dug herself one big hole. But then a break-in at Veronica's coupled with the mysterious death of a construction worker on one of the sites stirs up a storm, and soon enough Carlotta is in over her head in more ways than one.

Suspenseful, unpredictable, and vivid, The Big Dig is a startling return to form for one of the masters of the crime genre.


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 April 1, 2007 by Minotaur Books. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Crime. Fiction

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Luckily, Carlotta’s picked up a second case in the interim: the disappearance of dog groomer Veronica James, whose society landlady, Dana Endicott, is sure she would never have taken off for good in the Jeep Dana offered her without taking Tandy, her beloved Norwegian wolfhound.

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The taut ninth entry in Barnes's Carlotta Carlyle series concerns malfeasance at Boston's Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project, "the biggest urban construction project in the history of the modern world," an engineering marvel and a multibillion-dollar opportunity for graft, kickbacks and p...

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In her ninth Carlotta Carlyle mystery, Linda Barnes sends the red-headed, six-foot tall private investigator undercover on a Big Dig.

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Carlotta intercepts a puzzling phone call on Liz's cell phone and work at the Horgan site is held up for the investigation, and Carlotta continues to try and find VeeJay, but Endicott keeps making excuses and preventing Carlotta from seeing Victoria's apartment.

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Any public works project will have its problems - fraud, theft, no-show workers, sub-par materials, and Carlotta's been sort of roaming around, trying to catch wrong-doers for Happy Eddie Conklin, a former cop now working for a big security firm.

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