P is for Peril Author:Sue Grafton Dr. Dowan Purcell had been missing for 9 weeks when Kinsey got a call asking her to take the case. A specialist in a geriatric medicine, Purcell was a prominent member of the Saint Theresa medical community, and the police had done a thorough job. Purcell had no known enemies and seemed content with his life. At the time of his disappearance,... more » he was running a nursing care facility where both the staff and patients loved him. He adored his second wife, Crystal, and doted on their two-year-old son.
It wasn't Crystal who called Kinsey. It was Purcell's ex-wife, Fiona. Everything about their meeting made Kinsey uneasy. Fiona's manner was high-handed and her expectations unrealistic. Kinsey's instints told her to refuse the job, yet she ended up saying, "I'll do what I can, but I make no promises."