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When notorious PI Maddie Maxwell is hired to track down a missing person described as "the most boring woman in the world," she doesn't expect to find instead her own bad-boy ex, a string of dead bodies spanning a decade, and a neglected little girl who steals her heart and might change her life forever.
The challenging case of the missing Jane Blake leads Max through a maze of Catholic mysticism, crazy family dynamics, and some huge personal ups and downs. Has her ex really mended his ways, or is his supposed reform just another act? Did Jane really have visions of the Virgin Mary? And what's the story with the mysterious little Claire, who's taken a vow of silence until the missing woman returns?
Narrated in Max's blunt, unfiltered voice, "Ball & Chain" takes the reader through a whirlwind mystery full of faith, despair, love, hate, and -- ultimately -- hope.
Praise for Laura Garner:
"... a vibrant new voice in contemporary fiction, intelligent and funny." -- Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author
"... writes confidently, with plenty of attitude and humor -- but her distinctive voice is enriched by a loving hand that gives her story unexpected depth. She makes you care deeply about her characters and the conflicting currents of their flawed lives." -- Katy Munger, author of the Casey Jones series
"... a character study of considerable style and merit. A fine little book teeming with its own small but important truths." -- Ed Gorman, author of the Sam McCain series