Carlotta Carlyle, the six-foot-tall redhead private investigator, thought that working undercover searching out fraud on Boston's Big Dig would be a challenging assignment. After all, the Big Dig, the creation of a central artery highway through downtown Boston, is a 14 billion dollar boondoggle, the largest urban construction project in modern history. But playing a mild-mannered secretary working out of a construction trailer is not quite the thrill ride she had in mind, so Carlotta starts moonlighting, taking on a missing persons case. The search for the missing Veronica James turns up one dead end after another, as do her fraud investigations, and it looks like Carlotta has dug herself one big hole. But the mysterious death of a construction worker stirs up a storm of events, and soon enough Carlotta is really in over her head, grasping at the edges of a vast conspiracy that threatens to make this investigation her last.
Run time: 7 hours
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Linda Barnes is the author of sixteen previous novels, including her Carlotta Carlyle mystery series. Her work has won the Anthony and American Mystery Awards, and received numerous nominations for the Edgar and Shamus Awards. She was born in Detroit and now lives in the Boston area with her husband and son.
Bernadette Quigley made her Broadway debut in Brain Friel’s Tony Award-winning Dancing at Lughnasa. She has also made a number of off-Broadway, regional theater, and film and TV appearances, including Macbeth at the Great Lakes Theater Festival, Before and After (with Meryl Streep), Law and Order, and Central Park West.