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The Ludlows are a hard-charging family, and patriarch Carl Ludlow treats his offspring like employees--which they are. But his daughter, Fina, is a black sheep, a law school dropout. Her father keeps her in the fold as the firm's private investigator, working alongside her brothers. Juggling her family of high-powered (and highly dysfunctional) attorneys, the cops and Boston's criminal element is usually something Fina does without breaking a sweat. But when her sister-in-law disappears, she's caught up in a case unlike any she's encountered before. Carl wants things resolved without police interference, but the deeper Fina digs, the more impossible that seems. The Ludlows close ranks, and her brother Rand and his unruly teenage daughter Haley grow mysteriously distant from the family. As Fina unearths more dirt, the demands of family loyalty intensify. But she is after the truth--no matter the cost.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780399162121
Branch Call Number: M THOFT INGRID
Characteristics: 405 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Loyalty


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Oct 24, 2016


Jul 02, 2016

Fina Ludlow is one of the best new characters I've read in awhile- strong and smart and not horrified to take all the hits along the way of this crazy ride of a mystery. She comes from a tough family that is loyal and intelligent and always in the gray areas of life. They are her greatest burden and deepest ally.

But she can more than take care of herself, even with a crowd of (mostly loyal) supporting characters around her. In fact, with such a thrill ride for a story, it's surprising just how many characters there are. I had to keep a list on my bookmark after the twentieth introduction before page 100. Also, there are a lot of extraneous details that fill up some scenes, almost like Thoft has to paint out the set of each room. But perhaps all of that filler is just to show us that a real PI's world is full of details and dead ends and surprising connections. And it did let me get a hold of who the main character was, and get firmly on her side. She's great. Can't wait to read more in the series.

Mar 14, 2016

She is an excellent writer. Her female PI character is wonderful. I would definitely rate Ingrid Thoft's novels right up there with Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich and Sarah Paretsky. Her books are a must read.

Dec 18, 2015

Excellent writer -

Jun 02, 2015

Really enjoyable read from a Seattle author. The mystery was good, and meaty enough to sustain the page count. Fina, the main character, was a great mix of flawed and endearing. Eager to continue reading in this series.

JCLJenniferM Sep 24, 2013

Well, I was kind of disappointed with this one. I am a huge Cornwell and Parker fan. I love a good detective novel. Part of what I love is the moral code, though maybe slightly skewed, that they live by. While Thoft tried to make family loyalty that code, the family had some SERIOUS flaws and didn't seem to have very many redeeming qualities. Aside from the that the story was decent though dragged a little for a mystery novel.


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