Poisoned Pen Press, 2023

Hanging the Devil

A Cape Weathers Mystery

Now Available

It was supposed to be a simple job: steal the paintings, leave the forgeries.

When a helicopter crashes through the skylight of the Asian Art Museum, an audacious heist turns into a tragedy. The only witness to the crash is eleven-year-old Grace, who watches in horror as a guard is murdered and a priceless statue is stolen by two men and a ghostly figure who sees Grace as nothing more than a loose end. Terrified, Grace flees into the night and seeks refuge in the back alleys of San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Grace is found by Sally Mei, self-appointed guardian of Chinatown. While Sally trains Grace in basic survival skills, her erstwhile partner Cape Weathers, private detective and public nuisance, searches for the mysterious crew behind the robbery before they strike a second time. As the clock winds down, Cape seeks help from unlikely allies and a few felonious friends to lay a trap for a ghost who has no intention of being caught—nor of leaving any witnesses alive.

Hanging The Devil is a darkly comic tour of the global market for stolen art, where forgers, smugglers and career criminals routinely trade timeless masterpieces for human lives.


“A caper stuffed with comedy and crime…equal parts adrenaline and heart. A completely delightful read.”
—Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author

“Smart, sassy, and sizzling with action.”
—Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author

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