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Civil Twilight

A Darcy Lott Mystery

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July 20, 2010 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 272 Pages | ISBN 9781582435947
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“White knuckle plot and bare-knuckle action scenes.” —New York Times Book Review

San Francisco stuntwoman Darcy Lott is an expert at creating the illusion of danger, living in a tightly controlled universe in which all but the most disastrous mistakes can be reset and reshot. But when her lawyer brother Gary leans on her to entertain a mysterious client, she enters a world without second takes.

Darcy takes an instant liking to the client—Karen Johnson is fearless, smart, and interested in the Zen Buddhism that Darcy practices. Still, there is something strange about her. She claims to be getting a divorce, but why would she hire Gary, who never handles divorce cases? And why does he insist on hiding the case from their older brother, John, a police officer? When Karen vanishes from the city as suddenly as she appeared, Darcy fears she may never understand.

Meanwhile, San Francisco is struck by a grisly murder, and the primary suspect is Darcy’s older brother John. With her family forced into hiding, Darcy is left alone with no one to trust. Determined to save her brother, Darcy delves deep into the victim’s past, exposing shocking truths about Karen and uncovering a decades-old mystery more disturbing than the murder itself.

SUSAN DUNLAP is the author of a collection of short stories and nineteen novels, including two other books in the Darcy Lott Mystery series, Hungry Ghosts and A Single Eye. She has won Anthony and Macavity awards and has been president of Sisters in Crime. She and her husband live near San Francisco.


“Susan Dunlap is one of the best!” —San Diego Union Tribune

“Dunlap knows the West Coast, knows how to create memorable characters, knows how to build suspense, and her technical expertise is extraordinary.” —Chicago Tribune

“White knuckle plot and bare-knuckle action scenes.” —New York Times Book Review

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