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Hungry Ghosts

A Darcy Lott Mystery

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July 28, 2009 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 272 Pages | ISBN 9781582434995
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"Anthony and Macavity Award-winning author Dunlap has created an engaging new female detective. Fans of her Kiernan O'Shaughnessy series will welcome Dunlap back and eagerly await Darcy's next case." —Booklist

In Buddhist lore, hungry ghosts have huge bellies and needle-thin necks and—because they cannot swallow the food they crave—their hunger is insatiable. The Barbary Coast, San Francisco’s infamous red-light district in the days when sailors could sit down for a drink and wake up on a ship bound around the Horn, has plenty of hungry ghosts. But it is the living ghosts who threaten stunt double Darcy Lott when she returns to San Francisco to serve as assistant to her Zen teacher, Leo Garson, in his new zendo.

Darcy brings her own ghosts along as well. She is haunted by the disappearance of her beloved brother Mike and her estrangement from her family. From a turret atop a San Francisco Victorian, as she prepares for a thirty-five-foot dive to the sidewalk, she spots Mike on the roof of the zendo. By the time she reaches the roof, he is gone. When someone else she cares about disappears the next day, she fears the past is about to repeat itself. But Lott is unable to convince anyone of the danger, even her oldest brother, a police detective. Until a brutal murder shocks them all.

SUSAN DUNLAP is the author of nineteen novels and a collection of short stories, and editor of an anthology. She has won Anthony and Macavity awards and has been president of Sisters in Crime. Her day jobs have ranged from teaching Hatha yoga to working on a death penalty defense team. She and her husband live near San Francisco.


“Anthony and Macavity Award-winning author Dunlap has created an engaging new female detective. Fans of her Kiernan O’Shaughnessy series will welcome Dunlap back and eagerly await Darcy’s next case.” —Booklist

“Veteran writer Dunlap, creator of several respected mystery series, introduces an original new detective in a beautifully plotted story that features an unusual setting and fully realized characters. This polished triumph launches an intriguing new series.” —Library Journal

“Dunlap does not waste words and the very succinct quality of her writing is such that any detail can become important. The action is fast-paced, and the sometimes almost abrupt style adds to the emotional intensity of the story. Initially, I wasn’t sure whether I liked this, but soon found it very gripping as Hungry Ghosts’ multiple plot lines are eventually brought together into a seamless, stunning conclusion.” —Mystery Scene

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