26 August 2010

Forgotten Book: BACKHAND, Liza Cody

This week's contribution to Pattinase's Friday's Forgotten Books comes from mid 1994 in my records.

This was #6 in Cody's Anna Lee mysteries.
Anna Lee
1. Dupe (1980)
2. Bad Company (1982)
3. Stalker (1984)
4. Head Case (1985)
5. Under Contract (1986)
6. Backhand (1991)

She followed them with  a new character
Eva Wylie
1. Bucket Nut (1992)
2. Monkey Wrench (1994)
3. Musclebound (1997)

and then a couple of stand alone novels
Rift (1988)
Gimme More (2000)

BACKHAND was an Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1993)

When her boss at Brierly Security assigns her a case--involving pilfered designer sweaters--that will take her to the States, Lee soon finds herself embroiled in a depressing and dangerous family drama. Is the designer's missing teenage daughter involved with a pedophile, or has she just run off to marry a much older man? What connection does this man have to the stolen merchandise and to the designer's husband? The Florida Keys and a handsome U.S. operative give Anna her first blissful taste of the sunny, fog-free New World even as she handily attempts to answer these questions and dodge the bullets that seem to her so quintessentially American. 

Liza Cody won
 Cody appears to have continued to write mainly short stories since 2000, although GIMME MORE was re-released in paperback in 2009. Her website. 
Wikipedia article.


pattinase (abbott) said...

Oh, I read all of her books. Always exciting.

Anonymous said...

Kerrie - Thanks, as always, for this reminder of a series I haven't thought about in far too long...

Dorte H said...

I have certainly not forgotten Anna Lee at all. A delicious character!

George said...

I enjoyed Liza Cody's early books, like DUPE, best.


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