Forger Mikky dos Santos leaps onto the London art scene like Mick Jagger as Jumpin’ Jack Flash—landing smack in the middle of the crime genre as a tattooed, amoral, ruthless badass who’ll steal your heart with one hand and lift her neighbor’s Vermeer with the other. Janet Pywell has created a breathtaking new protagonist in Heavy Metal t-shirts and a virtual bodysuit of shocking tattoos—as exhilarating as a new Lisbeth Salander, only with more and meaner tattoos and an equal amount of attitude, yet underlying it all, a longing for human connection that makes you love her despite her own best efforts.
Dogs Don’t Lie
On call at Crater Emergency Animal Hospital, I, Doctor Kallie Collins, receive a curious request from the sheriff’s department. I’m to meet with a detective at a small ranch outside of town. You see, there’s this dog with a bone he’s not willing to part with. On scene, the dog tells me the bone is human. Actually, he shows me the location of the body, complete with a human skull, through an animal-communication technique I learned a couple years ago. Now I have to explain how this works to the detective, convincing him I’m not the murderer.