SAVED BY THE BELL
The Sean O'Conner & Cindy Matasar Boxer Series Mysteries - Book 4
Sean’s impression of their potential client is that he is a brat only child of an overly protective mother, both given to exaggeration and hyperbole. The young man in question had been fired from his job a night janitor with a cleaning firm and after insisting on talking to his manager about it, ends up facing criminal charges for making threats. His mother wants Sean and Cindy to check with some witnesses that her son had not acted the way his ex-employer had described, and they were just out to get him because they were all a bunch of Nazis.
Sean isn’t very enthusiastic about the case, but its work, business is slow, and the young man is a promising young boxer. Plus, Sean has to admit, the young man’s employers did seem to have over-reacted a lot. Then over-night, literally, the case becomes far more serious after the manger is found murdered and their client is the prime suspect.
Cindy convinces their client’s court-appointed lawyer to keep them on as the investigators for the case, as she and Sean look for evidence that someone besides their client was involved in the killing. Then abruptly, she and Sean get fired and it takes a while to discover that the lawyer’s paralegal had seen Cindy as a rival with the lawyer for his affections and so sabotaged their work. While Cindy is trying to get them back on the case, Sean notices that an oddly large number of businesses located in the building where this janitor firm cleans have gone out of business or had some catastrophic disaster, all related to someone getting inside information on the business and exploiting it. Could the “someone” in question be working for the janitorial firm?
Then they find out that their client’s mother wasn’t kidding when she said the family running the company were a bunch of Nazis. The ancient patriarch of the family, as it turns out, was a member of the Hungarian Iron Cross. He was a ruthless killer with no scruples, but that doesn’t explain who murdered his grandson.
Sean and Cindy have to put the clues together to catch the killer before their client’s inept arrogant lawyer and his paramour paralegal botch the case entirely and send a young man to prison for life.