A Matter of Malice
From the award-winning and #1 bestselling author of Sufferance and Indians on Vacation
Can a reality TV show solve a cold case?
When a TV producer asks Thumps to assist with an episode about a local woman from a wealthy family whose death was ruled “misadventure,” he is reluctant to get involved. Then the producer dies in the exact same manner, and Thumps finds himself solving two cases.
The crew of Malice Aforethought, a true-crime reality-TV show, shows up in Chinook to do an episode about the death of Trudy Samuels. Trudy’s death had originally been ruled accidental, but with ratings in mind, one of the producers, Nina Maslow, wants to prove it was murder?and she wants Thumps to help. Thumps is reluctant to get involved. But then Nina dies in the exact same place and in the exact same way as Trudy. Are the two deaths related? Or are there two murderers on the loose in Chinook? Thumps uses Nina’s Malice Aforethought files to try to fit the pieces of the puzzle together, and in the process discovers that the producer had already started work on another case that is close to Thumps’s heart: the Obsidian murders.