There was a crooked man: a Cat Deluca mystery / K.J. Larsen.

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      First edition.
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      Summary: "Chicago private eye Cat DeLuca, founder of the Pants on Fire Detective Agency, catches liars and cheats―and, from time to time, killers." -- Page 4 of cover.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Chicago private eye Cat DeLuca, founder of the Pants on Fire Detective Agency, was briefly married to runaround Johnnie Rizzo. Her experiences gave her the mad skills she needed for her agency: she only investigates cheating husbands. So why, when someone kidnaps Captain Bob's dog and claims to have evidence of cop corruption, does Cat's Poppa not only deny the accusation, but order Cat to leave it alone? The answer may lie in an unsolved hit-and-run death that was relegated to a dusty cold case file.
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      Sequel to: Some like it hot.
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Booklist Reviews 2016 September #2

Family is important in the Chicago neighborhood of Bridgeport, where Cat DeLuca operates her Pants on Fire Detective Agency. Daughter of a retired Chicago cop and sister to another, Cat has close ties to law enforcement, especially to the 9th precinct, where her father's former partner, Captain Bob, prevails. Cat mostly tracks down cheating spouses, so a call from Captain Bob to recover his kidnapped dog is a welcome change. The ransom picture is dated some 15 years earlier, but when Cat asks Bob—and her father—about it, they clam up. As Cat traces the few available clues, she uncovers more than one family's secrets. Despite efforts to be a businesslike PI, Cat lands in multiple scrapes, thanks to her smart-mouthed, colorful associates and sheer gutsiness. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2016 August #1

Those fond of big ethnic families with branches on both sides of the law will best appreciate Larsen's fifth mystery featuring smart-alecky Chicago PI Cat DeLuca (after 2015's Bye, Bye Love). Even though Cat's two-person operation, the Pants on Fire Detective Agency, specializes in tracking wayward spouses—or hootchie stalking, as longtime friend Capt. Bob Maxfield of the CPD calls it—her latest case involves butting into Bob's business. She can't help herself after learning that Bob's dog, Sam I Am, has been kidnapped. Bob, who's also her retired CPD detective father's former police partner, would sooner that she took a leap off the end of Navy Pier. Plying him with donuts and lemon tarts, Cat eventually gets Bob to open up and learns that her father is involved in a cover-up that threatens both men's reputations. The wisecracking PI must fend off dual mortal threats—one from desperate bad guys, another from her matchmaking, cannoli-baking mother—in this middling series entry. (Sept.)

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