St. Louis City Gazette columnist Francesca Vierling has scored a ticket to the Leather and Lace Bikers’ Society Ball, one of the highlights of the social calendar. The organizers of the ball would prefer the event be considered a low-light, however, and have done everything they can to rough up the affair and deter the RUBs—Rich Urban Bikers who can’t tell a Harley Hog from a Holstein heifer—from showing up.
A little grittiness can’t stop ultra-fashionable socialite Sydney Vander Venter from making an appearance. She’s the talk of the town thanks to an impending divorce from her ultra-wealthy husband. But after spending the evening making moves on a few too many married men, she’s told to hit the road.
When Sydney’s body is found ditched in a back alley, Francesca finds herself on a hunt for a murderer that takes her into the lives of St. Louis’s hardcore biker gangs and the prim and powerful elite. But she soon learns that those very different worlds have one rule in common...
If you don’t belong, you don’t survive for long.
Note: The author has made some minor revisions to the original text for this edition of the book.
About the author
Elaine Viets has written 33 mysteries in four series: the bestselling Dead-End Job series with South Florida PI Helen Hawthorne, the cozy Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper mysteries, and the dark Francesca Vierling mysteries. With the Angela Richman Death Investigator series, Elaine returns to her hardboiled roots and uses her experience as a stroke survivor and her studies at the Medicolegal Death Investigators Training Course. Elaine was a director at large for the Mystery Writers of America. She's a frequent contributor to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and anthologies edited by Charlaine Harris and Lawrence Block. Elaine won the Anthony, Agatha and Lefty Awards.