Jo Greaver had a horrific beginning. Raised in a foreign country by a mother who was an addict and made bad choices in men, Jo leaves for New York, hoping to live with her sister, Lori. Yet when she arrives in the city, she discovers her sister is not a successful model, but a prostitute. Left with few choices, Jo gets pulled into the life, while also trying to take classes and earn a college degree.
Flash forward and Jo is now a successful entrepreneur, heading up a cosmetics company that is going international. Aware that her history might come back to bite her, Jo keeps a low profile, not even having her name and photo on the company website. Despite these precautions, Jo receives threatening emails from someone, attaching nude photos of her as a teenager, as well as a video. After several more emails, Jo is told to bring $50,000 to an address in a rundown apartment building on West 49th Street. Fearful that she might be in danger, Jo brings a gun. When the blackmailer draws a gun and shoots her in the arm, Jo retaliates, the bullets hitting him in the stomach. Escaping down a fire escape, Jo tosses the gun in the river and makes a plan to disappear.
NYPD Detective Sherlyn Sterling and her partner, Rafael Mendoza, are tasked with investigating the murder. It doesn’t take long for the two detectives to zero in on Jo. But when Jo is shown a photo of the dead man, Andray Baxter, who is black, she tells Sterling the man she shot and left to die was white. Other possible suspects soon come into view, including Elliott Westergard, who owns the decrepit building where the murder took place and was being sued by Baxter.
Jo’s boyfriend, Cal, upset that Jo has hidden so much from him, refuses to post her bail. Annabelle Davies, her major investor does. But is Annabelle an angel rescuing Jo, but someone who is setting her up for murder?
There are so many twists and turns in Hilary Davidson’s latest that you will need a scorecard. But this is a terrific mystery, adding to Davidson’s growing reputation as one of he best out there today,. Don’t miss this one.
Don’t Look Down
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