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Candace Starr goes searching for her mother in the Detroit mob — but infiltrating her own crime family may be her deadliest assignment ever.

Candace Starr has fallen on hard times since she helped her friend, Detective Malone, with a murder case last year. These days, she trades on her dark celebrity as a former contract killer to keep the wolf from the door and her glass full of scotch whisky. When her teenage half-sister, Janet, shows up, Candace finds herself responsible for more than her nightly bar bill. Their mercurial mother, Angela, has gone missing while visiting her estranged family of Detroit mobsters, and Candace needs to track her down to take the kid off her hands. But the vicious Scarpello clan is hiding far more than her mother’s whereabouts.

With help from harmless British hacker Hardeep “Deep” Bains, Candace must take on her ruthless relatives while keeping Malone in the dark and Janet out of harm’s way. Witty, gritty, and full of cocky hard-edged flair, the second book of the Candace Starr series unearths the well-buried secrets of Candace’s mob family tree, laying bare the roots of her own identity along the way.


Tough-talking, hard-drinking Candace Starr’s appealingly amoral worldview coupled with her vast range of eccentric acquaintances and family is sure to provide more murderous fun as the series develops.

Publishers Weekly, for The Starr Sting Scale

O’Cinneide gets this quirky series off to a fine start, and Candace is just the kind of oddly charismatic character to keep it going in high style.

Booklist, for The Starr Sting Scale

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C.S. O’Cinneide

Posted by Kendra on October 9, 2018
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C.S. O’Cinneide

C.S. O'Cinneide is a writer and a blogger on her website, She Kills Lit. Her short stories have appeared in journals such as untethered and Minola Review, as well as in Mantid Magazine and on the podcast No Extra Words. She lives in Guelph, Ontario.