When truck driver Jack Dowden is killed in an accident hauling toxic waste, his widow, Irma, suspects something fishy. Dowden wasn't the type to be careless, and Irma has reason to believe that someone may have wanted him dead. Naturally, Benny Cooperman is the man she calls to take the case. It's up to Cooperman to solve the mystery of Dowden's death-before the situation proves hazardous to the detective's health. Cooperman's a detective with flair. Kinder and gentler than your average PI-and ironically squeamish about violence-he's the creation of author Howard Engel, a master of the crime genre whose enthusiastic fans have included Ruth Rendell, Donald E. Westlake, Julian Symons, and Tony Hillerman. Engel's readership spans 13 countries, including Japan, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark, the United States, and his native Canada.