'A Luis Mendoza story means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Times
Queer cases run in batches in Los Angeles and Lieutenant Luis Mendoza has a few of them on his books. There's the case of the man who is terrified of vampires and who comes to a violent end; there's the odd affair of the theft of tropical fish known as Regal Angels. Then, there's the sweet old lady who holds up banks.
It's all in a day's work in this characteristic Dell Shannon thriller...
In her 67 years, California author Elizabeth Linington wrote 82 crime fiction novels, under her own name as well as the aliases Anne Blaisdell, Lesley Egan, Egan O'Neill and Dell Shannon. Her writing evolved from the early radio and stage dramas, via historical narratives, to her most celebrated novels - mysteries. She was nominated for Edgars in 1961, 1962 and 1963 for Case Pending, Nightmare and Knave of Hearts respectively. Her most successful creation, debonair LAPD Lieutenant Luis Mendoza, broke new ground in being one of the first Latino police officers in the procedural genre, and Linington herself was a pioneer in a male-dominated industry, earning the moniker 'Queen of the Procedurals'.