Amid the shifting world of San Francisco flea markets, shady vendors sell junk, precious antiques, and stolen goods side by side. Somewhere in the mix, a priceless collection of sacred Torah scrolls is gathering dust - and attracting a group of fanatical killers. When private investigator Sharon McCone helps one flea market kingpin fend off a stalker, she's drawn into the netherworld of deal-making and thievery, a dangerous milieu seldom seen by outsiders.
For her client Willie Whelan, the sidewalk sales are a game: Trick the customer, outsell the competition, and stay one step ahead of the cops. But Willie's enemies have something more sinister in mind - a conspiracy so heinous it threatens the religious artifacts, Willie's freedom, and McCone's life.
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This is no. 5 in the Sharon McCone series. Sharon’s boss at the Legal Coop in San Francisco, sends her to the flea market to help a buddy from the Vietnam War days. Sharon is asked by Willie to find someone who is stalking him. Willie fences stolen goods, as do some of the other vendors in the flea market. Some Torah scrolls were stolen in the flea market. As Sharon attempts to help Willie, she finds herself in danger from what appears to be a para-military group. Another in the early part of the series. Although not as well written as later books in the series, I consider the early ones the best.
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