Joe Portugal likes people. But he likes plants better. That’s why the former theater actor turned small-time L.A. commercial star is a prominent member of the Culver City Cactus Club. Unfortunately, so is a killer. The club’s president is dead—a poison succulent lodged into her mouth. With a father who knows a thing or two about murder, and police breathing down his neck, Joe can recognize a jam when he sees one.
… snappy Chandleresque dialogue.
—The Los Angeles Times
… a cunning story of greed and obsession.
—The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
… the book is a delight. Mr. Walpow writes well—clearly, concisely, and with a wonderful subtle sense of humor.
—The Mystery Reader
Reached #9 on the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association’s paperback bestseller list, #3 among mystery paperbacks in The Dallas Morning News, and #1 among mystery paperbacks at Mysterious Galaxy.