The murdered body of lesbian publisher Rosemary Finney is found on a remote hiking path south of San Francisco. Local police of the wealthy Woodside enclave quickly focus on a prime suspect: investigative reporter Velvet Erickson. Velvet appeals to her friend and former lover, private eye Yoshi Yakamota, whose detective skills more than make up for her failing eyesight, for help.
Yoshi dedicates the resources of her firm, Blind Eye Detective Agency, to proving her friend's innocence. But every time the investigators rule out one suspect, another takes their place. What has Rosemary Finney done to make so many enemies? And which one did it?
About Diane Anderson-Minshall:
Diane Anderson-Minshall is the executive editor of Curve magazine, the country's best-selling lesbian magazine. The co-founder & former executive editor of Girlfriends magazine and the co-founder & former editor/publisher of Alice magazine, Anderson-Minshall's writing-which focuses primarily on lesbian life, popular culture, travel, entertainment and celebrities-has appeared in dozens of magazines including Passport, Film Threat, Utne Reader, Wine X, India Currents, Teenage, Bitch, Seventeen, American Forests, Femme Fatale, Diva, The Advocate, Fabula, Bust, Natural Health, Venus, and numerous newspapers.
Her essays have also appeared in several anthologies including Reading The L Word: Outing Contemporary Television; Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine; Body Outlaws; Closer to Home: Bisexuality and Feminism; Young Wives Tales: New Adventures in Love and Partnership; 50 Ways to Support Gay & Lesbian Equality; and Tough Girls. Anderson-Minshall is the co-editor of the anthology Becoming: Young Ideas on Gender, Race and Sexuality and co-author of the upcoming Blind Eye mystery series. Diane was recently named one of PowerUp's 2006 Top Ten Amazing Women in Showbiz, for her work with lesbian filmmakers. .
About Jacob Anderson-Minshall:
As a park ranger, Jacob Anderson-Minshall, completed the National Park Service's law enforcement Ranger Academy and patrolled forested lands above Silicon Valley, bay and ocean-side parks and rolling hills north of San Francisco. When a disabling injury ended his ranger career, Jacob returned to his first love-writing. He co-founded Girlfriends magazine and served as the publication's first director of circulation. Now the transgender writer's weekly syndicated column, TransNation runs in LGBT publications from San Francisco to Boston; and he is a frequent contributor to the feminist publication, Bitch. Jacob's interest in criminal investigation was amplified by the 2000 murder of his brother-in-law, Tom Sherwood in Pocatello, Idaho. To date, that case remains unsolved.
Originally from Idaho, Jacob and Diane have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 14 years-and continue to do so in the company of three spoiled dogs.
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