Michele ‘Micky’ Knight, a New Orleans private detective, takes on two cases, one of a newly widowed mother looking for the daughter that she and her husband were estranged from, and that of an adopted young drag queen, thrown out of his home for being gay, who wants to find his birth mother. These cases cause Micky to confront the mystery of her own mother, a women who abandoned her when she was five years old.
Reviews for Lost Daughters:
“A sophisticated, funny, plot-driven, character-laden murder mystery set in New Orleans.
as tightly plotted a page-turner as they come. . . . One of the pleasures of “Lost Daughters” is its highly accurate portrayal of the real work of private detection — a standout accomplishment in the usually sloppily conjectured world of thriller-killer fiction. Redmann has a firm grasp of both the techniques and the emotions of real-life cases — in this instance, why people decide to search for their relatives, why people don’t, what they fear finding and losing. . . . and Knight is a competent, tightly wound, sardonic, passionate detective with a keen eye for detail and a spine made of steel.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Redmann’s Mickey Knight series just gets better. . . . For finely delineated characters, unerring timing, and page-turning action, Redmann deserves the widest possible audience.”
—Booklist, starred review
. . . tastefully sexy . . .
“Like fine wine, J.M. Redmann’s private eye has developed interesting depths and nuances with age. . . . Redmann continues to write some of the fastest -moving action scenes in the business. . . . In Lost Daughters, Redmann has found a winning combination of action and emotion that should attract new fans–both gay and straight–in droves.”
—New Orleans Times Picayune.
“Few writers understand the human heart as well as J.M. Redmann. Lost Daughters manages the rare trick of being a mystery packed with surprises as well as a moving exploration of the pain of loss between parents and children. Don’t start reading Lost Daughters at bedtime unless you plan to be up all night.”
—Val McDermid, Gold Dagger winner, author of A Place of Execution, The Distant Echo.
“The best mysteries are character-driven and still have great moments of atmosphere and a tightly wound plot. J.M. Redmann succeeds on all three counts in this story of a smart lesbian private eye who unravels the fascinating evidence in a string of bizarre cases, involving missing children, grisly mutilations, and a runaway teen driven from her own home because she is gay.”