The Last Temptation
by Gerrie Ferris Finger
Review by Mel Jacob
Five Star Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781432825898
Date: 18 July 2012
From back of book: Recovering addict Eileen Cameron and her daughter Linley Witney have vanished from Eileen's Palm Spings home. Linley's custodial father, Bradley Whitney, lives in Atlanta. Eileen and Bradley are locked in a custody battle, and Bradley believes Eileen has taken Linley to hide with the Indians in the desert. The court hires Moriah Dru of Child Trace to find and bring Linley home.
Bradley's academic credentials are solid, but Dru is wary. He's rich and involved with the secretive Cloisters. Dru and lover, police Lieutenant Richard Lake, delve into Bradley's past, while Lake investigates the Atlanta Suburban Girl murders.
In Palm Springs, Dru meets a host of glitzy suspects, including Dartagnan LeRoi, a cop; Arlo Cameron, Eileen's movie director husband; Heidi, Arlo's widowed neighbor; Eileen's hairdresser, a cross-dresser named Theodosia; donut-maker named Zing; Indian princess Contessa (Tess) Rosovo; and Phillippe, a self-styled Frenchman who claims he's a Cordon Bleu chef. Phillippe says everyone in "The Springs" is an actor.
(Source: Five Star)