“Exhilarating…it’s a winner!” Irish Times
"Very astutely plotted, with many surprising twists and a sharp bite," The New York Times
"There's nothing ordinary about this adventure. It's big league intrigue." Kirkus Reviews
"A deadly, cold, serious drama of counter-espionage." Atlanta Constitution
"A witty spy story in the anti-James Bond tradition." The Cedar Falls Courier
This novel was originally published under the title private I and was adapted into a feature film starring Robert Horton, Jill St. John and Sebastian Cabot.
These days, ex-London cop James Reed makes his living renting out the Malibu beach house he got in his divorce from a big-name actress. He's taking it easy when, to make some fast cash, he agrees to provide temporary lodging and security to a wealthy recluse recovering from an undisclosed illness. That simple job takes a wild turn into a nightmare of blackmail, drugs, and murder that could put James in prison... or a shallow grave.
"Excellently plotted and paced, this adventure offers the satisfaction of a hard-boiled L.A. detective story overlaid with the nuances of a British mystery. Sangster constructs an intricate problem and lets his intelligent, complex hero loose to solve it." Publishers Weekly
"Sangster certainly has a ball writing this series." Chicago Tribune
"More action-thriller than mystery, the action, from hand-to-hand combat to nautical chases, is steady." Kirkus Reviews
James Reed is an ex-Scotland Yard detective who became the bodyguard, then lover, then husband, then ex-husband of Hollywood superstar Katherine Long. Now he's a self-styled beach bum, living in the Malibu beach house he got in the divorce settlement, and making a half-assed effort at screenwriting. But then Katherine comes back into his life -- her rebellious, spoiled daughter Caroline is mired in the Hollywood celebrity drug scene. Katherine thinks James is the only one who can get his former step-daughter out before it becomes a scandal...or worse. The problem is, Caroline doesn't want out, and his troubles snowball as James becomes an unwilling player in a $2 million scheme involving stolen drugs, high-powered studio execs, and ruthless mob killers.
"Smooth, sharp, believeable, well-written." New York Times
"Sangster writes hardboiled prose that packs a good story and introduces a hero worth seeing again." Library Journal
"Adept plotting and achingly human characters." Booklist
James Reed is an ex-Scotland Yard cop who then became the ex-husband of a famous Hollywood actress. He's happily lazing around in the Malibu beach house he snagged in the divorce when a storm slams the coastline with monster waves. He rushes out to help evacuate other homes...and discovers a passed-out, drunken neighbor and a naked woman robbing the man's floor safe. Reed lets her go... a mistake that gets him falsely accused of rape, chased by killers, and hired by a billionaire being blackmailed into marriage. And that's only the beginning of Reed's troubles.
"Breathlessly paced, wickedly funny, with a naughty, but hilarious climax." St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Consistently funny." Kirkus Reviews
"Sangster's light-hearted approach gives the novel sprightly animation. The startling twist in the very last sentence is as ironic as it is unexpected." The Pittsburgh Press
"Humorous, exciting, and unpredictable. A well-written adventure." The Delaware Morning News
"Well-written and good fun." The Sydney Morning Herald
This novel was adapted into a feature film starring Robert Horton, Jill St. John and Sebastian Cabot.
Katy Touchfeather is a fun-loving, British spy with a cheeky attitude and lethal skills who travels the world as a stewardess. Her latest assignment is to bring down what appears to be a gold smuggling operation...but is something far worse. It's a globetrotting, espionage adventure that takes her from London to a lavish yacht on the high-seas, from the jungles of Africa to the beaches of the Bahamas, and that pits her against one of richest men on earth and a deadly torturess who loves to extract information in agonizingly creative ways...and can't wait to try them all on Katy.
Praise for the Touchfeather Thrillers
"Bubbly, irrepressible... drawn by her breezy, chatty first-person narrative, readers will cheer Katy on as she skates around with flamboyant grace." Publishers Weekly
"Freshness and humor are rare qualities in a thriller nowadays. They're here in plenty. Exhilarating verve and expertise. It's a winner!" Irish Times
"A clever, high-spirited story that ends with murder of exceptional ingenuity and panache." Times Literary Supplement (London)
"Nancy Drew superhormone-genized." Kirkus Reviews