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Savvy management consultant Tucker Sinclair is trying to get her own firm off the ground in Los Angeles. But when you're mixed up in a private investigator's business, trouble is always a prospect...

Tucker Sinclair is a free woman. She's finally escaped from the oppressively corporate Aames & Associates and now runs her own business consulting firm. But with freedom comes unpredictability. What was supposed to be a short stint helping private investigator Charley Tate get his practice established turns into a full-time job. Charley pushes her to go beyond the call of duty—to try to save not only his business, but possibly his life.

It all starts when Eve Lawson stumbles into the Tate Investigations office hoping to find out who is following her. But who would want to follow a bland writer working on a book about the post-World War II real estate boom in Los Angeles? With Eve's wardrobe hopelessly stuck in the eighties, Tucker can only imagine it's the fashion police. But work means much-needed income for Tucker and Charley. They soon learn that they've struck gold when this far-fetched case explodes into murder—and Eve Lawson, who's gone missing, is the prime suspect.

Now Tucker and Charley have to piece together the complex life of Eve Lawson, the troubled daughter of a real estate tycoon. She's been writing a memoir that may have rattled a few skeletons in the family closet. Tucker is on the case—and not even LA traffic can stop her...

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"Tucker Sinclair is an engaging protagonist who never ceases to enthrall readers when her consulting job lands her in the midst of intriguing mystery. Los Angeles comes vibrantly alive in this tale of multiple plotlines that involve a missing murder suspect and Tucker's search for the identity of her biological father."
   —Sheri Melnick, Romantic Times Book Reviews

"Satisfied fans will enjoy the forays and foibles of this charming heroine."
   —Publishers Weekly

"Smiley's third lives up to the promise of her first two, with tough-girl Tucker going tender at all the right moments."

"Set along L.A.'s Gold Coast, SHORT CHANGE has deft plotting and an appealing heroine that calls to mind Sue Grafton. Amateur sleuth Tucker Sinclair is smart, unflappable and wickedly funny and so is her creator Patricia Smiley."
   —Denise Hamilton, Edgar finalist and national bestselling author