by Al Lamanda
Pub Date: 11/20/18
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-948338-27-1
Critical Acclaim for First Light:
“In his third outing, retired cop John Bekker (he’s a private investigator now) is hired by a prominent physician to
find his daughter—problem is, the man hasn’t seen the girl since he gave her up for adoption four decades ago . . . soon he’s investigating a missing-persons case that could actually be murder. The tough ex-cop is a pretty standard genre character, but the author works hard to make him stand out from the crowd, and he gives him some pretty complicated cases to crack, ones that require him to exercise his brains as well as his muscles. A solid series in the hard-boiled tradition.”
John Bekker returns in First Light to face the toughest challenge of his career.
Robert Gordon, chief of medicine at a major hospital, doesn’t have long to live. He wants Bekker to locate the daughter he gave up for adoption forty years earlier
when he was a young widower still in medical school. Gordon’s brother, the lawyer who handled the adoption, is hospitalized with Alzheimer’s and doesn’t remember a thing, but a detailed investigation of his records reveals a startling discovery: Gordon’s baby wasn’t adopted but sold to a childless New York couple.
Mr. and Mrs. Gertz raised their daughter Sarah in a loving home until she moved to Washington DC to work as
a lobbyist. Then Sarah Gertz disappeared without a trace.
Bekker heads to Washington and tracks the last days of Sarah Gertz’s life. She was last seen after a meeting with Senator Oliver Koch, now the leading candidate for the vice presidential nomination in the next election. Bekker also learns that Koch had an affair with Sarah and that she had become pregnant. After an assassin’s failed attempt on Bekker’s life, Bekker is convinced that Koch was behind Sarah’s vanishing act, as well as the attempt to kill him and his family, but he can’t prove it.
And without proof, a murderer could become the next vice president of the United States.