The eleventh book in the John Marshall Tanner series; a first-class noir novel in the hardboiled tradition tradition of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.
Peggy Nettleton was P.I. John Marshall Tanner's loyal secretary for over eight years, so when she calls from her new home in Seattle asking for help, he can't say no.
About to marry wealthy investment banker Ted Evans, Peggy has a problem - Ted's young daughter Nina. The beautiful model has disappeared into the seedy Seattle underworld after posing for some nude photographs.
In helping Peggy, Tanner risks reopening old wounds and rekindling old desires, and faces a journey into the shady world of pornography and human trafficking in Seattle.
As he trails Nina to her oppressor's lair, Tanner is tested as never before... but can he find her before it's too late?
Stephen Greenleaf is terrific; a writer whose prose is not only crisp but literate and thoughtful as well. Even the scuzziest inhabitants of his meanest streets are set down on paper with wit, grace and humanity. FLESH WOUNDS is a wonderful read
John Marshall Tanner...the broody hero of Stephen Greenleaf's first-class noir series...has a lively curiosity that surfaces in his interviews with strangers, which are funny, pointed, sometimes cruel, always perceptive, and compassionate only when compassion is called for - The New York Times Book Review
Greenleaf's use of such issues as the misuse of technology, voyeurism, and repressed sexuality places him high among the ranks of detective-story writers - San Francisco Chronicle
Hailed as the legitimate heir to the mantle of the late Ross MacDonald - Chicago Tribune