Drink the Tea: A Mystery
by Thomas Kaufman
Cover Artist: Photo: Rudy Sulgan / Corbis
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312607302
Date: 02 March 2010 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Willis Gidney was a child con artist who is now a Washington D.C. private investigator; every night, however, he must battle the ghosts of his traumatic childhood. Jazz musician, Steps Jackson, has asked Gidney to locate his daughter, Bobbie Jackson; she is the product of a one night stand he had with wealthy art collector Colette Andrews. Gidney's investigation leads him to Capitol Hill where he encounters a racist politician, Jason McHugh, who is running for the U.S. Senate. Lilly McClellan, a beautiful computer geek, joins Gidney in his search, which takes him to night clubs, condemned houses, toxic waste dumps and finally to the underground tunnels of the Lincoln Memorial. All the while they are threatened, pursued and assaulted by ruthless thugs who will kill anyone who tries to find the mysterious Bobbie Jackson. From official release/information:
Product Description: Willis Gidney is a born liar and rip-off artist, an expert at the scam. Growing up without parents or a home, by age twelve he is a successful young man, running his own small empire, until he meets Shadrack Davies. That's Captain Shadrack Davies, of the D.C. Police. Davies wants to reform Gidney and becomes his foster father. Though he tries not to, Gidney learns a small amount of ethics from Shad---just enough to bother a kid from the streets for the rest of his life.
Now Gidney is a PI, walking those same streets. So it's no surprise that when his closest friend, jazz saxophonist Steps Jackson, asks Gidney to find his missing daughter, Gidney is compelled to say yes---even though she's been missing for twenty-five years. He finds a woman who may be the girl's mother--and within hours she turns up dead. The police accuse Gidney of the murder and throw him in jail.
Maybe Gidney should quit while he's behind. But when his investigation puts him up against a ruthless multinational corporation, a two-faced congressman, and a young woman desperate to conceal her past, Gidney has no time left for second thoughts. In fact, he may have no time left at all.
(Source: Minotaur Books)