A Ronnie Ventana Mystery
Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
Meet Veronica "Ronnie" Ventana, daughter of the infamous Ventana's, the couple who made cat burglary classy. But Ronnie, with her special expertise in burglar alarm systems — getting past them, that is — and her best friend, Blackie Coogan, shamus emeritus of San Francisico, operate on the legit side of the law.
Running is supposed to be the path to health, but for Ronnie it's suddenly a direct route to danger. At six A.M. on the edge of the bay, she's the jogger who stumbles onto the scene of a crime. The killer has seen her face and she's IDed him as a political honcho with enough clout to cover up anything . . . even murder. Now she's running for her life from the barrios to San Francisco's ritziest neighborhoods . . . and her destination is that dark place called Justice and Revenge.
“Both polite and profane, idealistic and hard-boiled, Ventana is a satisfying heroine....Recommended.”—Library Journal
“The satisfying momentum never flags from this first novel's opening moment....Readers will want more of Ventana, an appealing protagonist who engages in intelligent, stylish sleuthing.”—Publishers Weekly
“Carol Cowan delivers a dynamic portrait of the tough but vulnerable Ventana. Cowan's deep, resonant voice has great range and projects humor and warmth into the snappy dialogue...[her] performance is balanced and dynamic, enhancing the story beyond its print counterpart.”—AudioFile