Duplicity

Ingrid Thoft

Book - 2017

"Gutsy Boston P.I. Fina Ludlow returns with a case that puts her faith to the test--in the latest addition to the critically acclaimed series by Ingrid Thoft. When Ceci Renard hires Ludlow and Associates to sue the hip new church that she believes has brainwashed her daughter, Fina Ludlow is assigned to the case. Covenant Rising Church has all the trappings of a less-than-holy organization: a slick young pastor and his comely wife; fancy houses and luxury cars; and devoted congregants who ...seem eager to part with their money. Fina wonders if Ceci disapproves of Covenant Rising's theology or the pastor's ability to solicit generous donations--until a prominent church member dies unexpectedly. Fina's investigation requires her to delve into the woman's life--both in and out of Covenant Rising--and ask a host of difficult questions. Is the pastor leading his flock astray? Did the church have a hand in the death or were there less savory elements in the woman's life outside the parish? The case proves to be a complicated morass of misplaced loyalties and questionable motivations, rivaled only by the current state of the Ludlow family. The return of eldest brother Rand sets in motion an explosive showdown that threatens the very fabric that holds the family together, forcing Fina to confront the true meaning of faith"--

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Series
A Fina Ludlow novel ; 4
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Published
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons [2017]
Language
English
Physical Description
437 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780399171192
0399171193
Main Author
Ingrid Thoft (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Boston PI Fina Ludlow is definitely riling someone. Her condo is ransacked, her tires are slit, she receives anonymous warning messages, and she learns there's a contract out to have her beaten up. The culprit is either somebody in her dysfunctional family or the cultlike Covenant Rising Church (she's investigating the group in order to dissuade the adult daughter of her father's former flame from giving the church a sizable bequest). Her brother, Rand—banished to Florida after the family learned that he molested his teenage daughter—is coming back to town, and Fina is out to get the goods on him to keep him away for good. And she's trying to figure out whether her relationship with Boston PD Detective Christian Menendez could ever work. Thoft's fourth Fina Ludlow outing (after Brutality, 2015) finds the tenacious Fina in fighting form, juggling personal and professional demands to attain justice despite the cost. A winning addition to an entertaining series. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Optioned for TV, Thoft's series starring tough-as-bullets Boston PI Fina Ludlow returns with Fina facing a client who insists that the money-grubbing Covenant Rising Church has brainwashed her daughter. Then a high-profile member of the congregation keels over and dies. [Page 61]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Toxic family secrets again threaten Fina Ludlow's future in Thoft's desultory fourth outing for the usually dynamic Boston PI (last seen in 2015's Shamus Award–winning Brutality). As the fiercely independent Fiona tries to figure out whether to make a deeper commitment to police detective Cristian Menendez, a single dad, she's distracted by the return of her black sheep big brother, Rand, who sexually abused his teenage daughter, Haley. Meanwhile, paterfamilias Carl Ludlow, who runs the powerhouse personal-injury firm that employs Fina as an investigator and her siblings as lawyers, seems far less concerned about Haley's precarious well-being than a case centered on the born-again evangelical Covenant Rising Church, with which the daughter of a very old flame of his has become deeply involved. Very little of what Fina starts to uncover about luxe-loving Pastor Greg Gatchell and his wife, Gabby, comes as much of a surprise, and the rising levels of menace and mayhem, including a church insider's murder, all prove less than compelling. Agent: Helen Brann, Helen Brann Agency. (Jan.) Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Assigned to investigate a glitzy new church that is being sued for brainwashing allegations, gutsy Boston P.I. Fina Ludlow delves into the life of a prominent church member who has died under suspicious circumstances.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Gutsy Boston P.I. Fina Ludlow returns with a case that puts her faith to the test--in the latest addition to the critically acclaimed series by Ingrid Thoft. When Ceci Renard hires Ludlow and Associates to sue the hip new church that she believes has brainwashed her daughter, Fina Ludlow is assigned to the case. Covenant Rising Church has all the trappings of a less-than-holy organization: a slick young pastor and his comely wife; fancy houses and luxury cars; and devoted congregants who seem eager to part with their money. Fina wonders if Ceci disapproves of Covenant Rising's theology or the pastor's ability to solicit generous donations--until a prominent church member dies unexpectedly. Fina's investigation requires her to delve into the woman's life--both in and out of Covenant Rising--and ask a host of difficult questions. Is the pastor leading his flock astray? Did the church have a hand in the death or were there less savory elements in the woman's life outside the parish? The case proves to be a complicated morass of misplaced loyalties and questionable motivations, rivaled only by the current state of the Ludlow family. The return of eldest brother Rand sets in motion an explosive showdown that threatens the very fabric that holds the familytogether, forcing Fina to confront the true meaning of faith"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Assigned to investigate a glitzy new church that is being sued for brainwashing allegations, gutsy Boston P.I. Fina Ludlow delves into the life of a prominent church member who has died under suspicious circumstances. By the author of Identity.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Gutsy Boston P.I. Fina Ludlow returns with a case that puts her faith to the test—in the latest addition to the critically acclaimed series by Ingrid Thoft.When Ceci Renard hires Ludlow and Associates to sue the hip new church that she believes has brainwashed her daughter, Fina Ludlow is assigned to the case. Covenant Rising Church has all the trappings of a less-than-holy organization: a slick young pastor and his comely wife; fancy houses and luxury cars; and devoted congregants who seem eager to part with their money. Fina wonders if Ceci disapproves of Covenant Rising’s theology or the pastor’s ability to solicit generous donations—until a prominent church member dies unexpectedly. Fina’s investigation requires her to delve into the woman's life—both in and out of Covenant Rising—and ask a host of difficult questions. Is the pastor leading his flock astray? Did the church have a hand in the death or were there less savory elements in the woman's life outside the parish?            The case proves to be a complicated morass of misplaced loyalties and questionable motivations, rivaled only by the current state of the Ludlow family. The return of eldest brother Rand sets in motion an explosive showdown that threatens the very fabric that holds the family together, forcing Fina to confront the true meaning of faith.