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An anti-war protester is missing in Port Silva. Patience and Verity Mackeller, hired to look into his background by his girlfriend, find that he has none.

“Blending contemporary issues and family conflicts with a solid mystery plot, the author reaffirms her fluid mastery of the cozy.” —Publishers Weekly (June 17, 2006)

“Another of LaPierre’s complex tales whose strongly rendered characters continue to captivate.” —Kirkus Reviews (June 15, 2006)

Family Business is about family business, in more than one sense of the term. Those who combine family with a business often find conflicts as well as strength, and several of these occupy the characters of this story. And then, there are the old secrets and cover-ups that can lurk in the family’s background—and sometimes old crimes. As the plot plays out, we learn again the importance of good parenting, especially fathering of boys, and the necessity for children to know they are loved. Family Business also examines the nature of several friendships, and provides resolution of the status of a “found child.” Above all these issues is the nature of a democracy and its citizens’ responsibility when their government defies their wishes. All shades of opinion—even the police viewpoint on civil disobedience—are examined in this suspenseful novel, written by a master of the genre.

Janet LaPierre is a five-time nominee for prestigious mystery writing awards: the Shamus, the Macavity, and the Anthony. Her eight previous Port Silva novels have garnered critics’ raves, writers’ respect, and readers’ love. LaPierre lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, and is mother to two daughters and grandmother to one. From this base she explores Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity Counties in a travel trailer, often with her laptop and her dog. The environment and spirit of the quiet but dramatic north country often show up in her books.

Family Business
A Port Silva Mystery

Janet LaPierre
ISBN 1-880284-85-5
296 pages, Original Trade Paperback, $13.95

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