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“[Madison's] a composite. I’m not sure where she starts and where she ends sometimes,” Breck says. “But I learned more about myself, and Madison, as I wrote her.” Read Seth Comb's article on Elizabeth from the entertainment section of the Sunday paper.
In Breck’s intricately plotted sequel to 2020’s Anonymous, La Jolla, Calif., PI Madison Kelly, who has earned a reputation for locating missing people when others have failed, takes on a desperate new client, Travis Moore. Travis tells Madison that his girlfriend, Barrett Brown, who works for a local newspaper, has been missing for five days and the police are doing nothing to help. Madison accepts his retainer, vowing to find Barrett and bring her home. As she digs deeper into the Barrett’s life, Madison begins to identify strongly with her: both are fiercely independent introverts who won’t shy away from danger. The tension rises when Madison realizes a surveillance team is following her every move. Meanwhile, she worries about the possible return of her breast cancer, which resulted in a double mastectomy three years earlier, and how this news will affect her relationship with her neighbor Dave, “the surfer who was her on-again, off-again boyfriend and all-the-time love of her life.” Breck, herself a licensed private investigator, makes Madison a convincing heroine. Readers will look forward to seeing more of her. Agent: Abby Saul, Lark Group. (Oct.)
Listen to Elizabeth tell some scary surveillance stories, describe how she got a literary agent and a book deal, and detail the worst first date in the history of the world.
Listen to Elizabeth talk with Tim and Lance of Crawlspace Media (and the Missing Maura Murray Podcast), as they discuss being a P.I. and how the Golden State Killer influenced the book ANONYMOUS. Tim and Lance are featured in the book, too!
"One thing almost as good as a crack legal thriller is discovering a new author destined for great things, which is exactly what you get with Elizabeth Breck...A major debut that is not to be missed."
PI Madison Kelly, the heroine of Breck’s captivating debut and series launch, is spending her self-imposed sabbatical listening to a true crime podcast that focuses on the cold cases of two young women who went missing two years apart from the same San Diego, Calif., neighborhood. She also tweets comments on the cases. One day, she returns from a jog to find a note nailed to her oceanfront apartment door: “Stop investigating me or I will hunt you down and kill you. BITCH. No police.” A strand of long blonde hair is pinned to the note. Madison is puzzled, since she has no open cases at the moment. On a whim, she makes a cryptic tweet and immediately gets a response from someone apparently connected to the disappearances who thinks Madison is involved. Curious, Madison embarks on an investigation, in which she interviews a host of suspects, many of whom, including one victim’s ex-boyfriend, turn out to have hidden and surprising agendas. Solving the case of one victim still leaves the other an intriguing mystery. Readers will look forward to seeing more of this tough, competent detective. Agent: Abby Saul, Lark Group. (Nov.)