|About the Book|
New Orleans police detective PJ Ryan finds himself in a bizarre situation. He has to solve an old murder that was first thought to be a suicide while trying to prevent two murders from being committed.He learns that Joe Simon, a very successful NewMoreNew Orleans police detective PJ Ryan finds himself in a bizarre situation. He has to solve an old murder that was first thought to be a suicide while trying to prevent two murders from being committed.He learns that Joe Simon, a very successful New Orleans oil man, put his vast mineral holdings in the Simon Trust with the Simon Foundation, a philanthropic organization he created, as the principal beneficiary. The trust provided it would terminate two years after the deaths of Simon and the last of his descendants and all of his mineral holdings would go to the Simon Foundation free and clear of the Trust.Joe Simon died in a plane crash in 1990 leaving his only child Elizabeth as his only known descendant. Her death in January 2014, initially thought to be a suicide, started the clock running on the termination of the Trust.Ryan gets involved when the Foundation and the Trust receive anonymous notes in June 2015 stating that Joe Simon had another heir. If this were correct, the Trust would continue and the trustees would keep their positions at very lucrative salaries, but the Foundation would be saddled with the oversight of the trustees and wouldn’t get Simon’s mineral holdings.This situation causes Ryan to review the file on Elizabeth’s death and he concludes she was murdered, raising the possibility the Foundation caused her death to trigger the termination of the Trust. His investigation of her death reveals that shortly before she died she married a woman in Maine under circumstances that make the woman his prime suspect in Elizabeth’s death.Ryan sets out to find this woman while keeping an eye on the actions of the Trust and the Foundation as they receive notes suggesting that an heir exists. He’s convinced that the lives of the note writer and the heir are in danger because an heir would be detrimental to the Foundation. He monitors the situation to prevent the deaths of the writer and the heir, but the head of his department doesn’t regard that as a homicide matter and discourages his activities.Some creative police work leads to a highly unusual conclusion to one of Ryan’s strangest cases.