by Cynthia Chow
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Missouri’s Death Investigator Angela Richman has survived six strokes, brain surgery, and a coma, but even before the trauma, she has never fully understood the pretentious privilege of Chouteau County. That doesn’t mean that she isn’t compassionate towards her upper-crust neighbors, though, especially when Midge and Prentice LaRouche land on her doorstep one early winter morning pleading for help. Their sixteen-year-old daughter Juliet never returned from a friend’s party the night before, and considering Angela’s occupation, she rightfully fears the worst.
The only people more protective of their privacy than the one-percenters are teenagers, and Angela finds that Juliet’s friends are proving to be frustratingly vague and obstinate. That the investigating detective is from Chicago – definitely not “One of Us” – makes the search for Juliet even more difficult. Angela grew up amidst the elitist community, but her occupation sets her apart as a distinct outsider. As more clues seem to indicate that Juliet may be living up to Shakespearean name, Chouteau County will have to rely on Angela’s experience and determined questioning of the teens on both sides of the track to discover the truth.
While previous novels depicted Angela’s struggle to recover following her strokes, here the author focuses on the very topical division between the haves and the have-nots. As obsolete debutante balls and society’s “royalty” may seem, they still matter to those in power. The rifts caused by the financial disparity flows down through generations, ultimately leading to very preventable tragedies. As with all of the novels by Elaine Viets, this novella is sprinkled throughout with wry observations and sharp dialogue, all tied together by a plot that explores the hypocrisy of the very rich.
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