Dead Ringer by Michael A. Black and Julie Hyzy. Publisher: Five Star, November 2008
Private eye Ron Shade and news reporter Alex St. James nearly ran into each other in the final chapters of their respective adventures, A Final Judgment and Deadly Interest. Little did they know that their chance encounter would place them on a future collision course. Now, in Dead Ringer, their first adventure together, Shade is looking for Bob Bayless, a dead-and-buried executive who was recently spotted playing blackjack in Vegas, while Alex fights off the attentions of a creepy mortician who’s a little too eager to show Alex his backroom moves. Although it seems their two cases couldn’t be further apart, clues – and bodies – start adding up to tell a different tale. When Alex and Shade connect, the two find themselves involved in a combined case so convoluted, that even the dead don’t stay buried for long.
Ron Shade private investigator and Chicago world’s heavyweight kickboxing champion is on a case involving insurance fraud. TV investigative reporter Alex St. James goes undercover among the homeless as part of an assignment. Suddenly the two cases are intertwined as they both seek the puzzle of insurance fraud and murder. [3 stars – liked it]