The new book is Perfect Lingerie
In the criminal underworld there are specialists of every kind. If you lose something valuable, no matter what it is, Hakeem Carbonneau Baptiste is who you call. If a collector buys a stolen work of art and it’s stolen a second time, Baptiste can probably find it. If your business partner goes into witness protection and a message exchange needs to take place, it can happen with his help. It’s steady work that takes Baptiste all over the world and he’s the right man for the job- of truly mixed ancestry, he blends in everywhere from Paris to Tel Aviv. The latest hunt takes him to Portland, Oregon, a gentrified city of affluent tech, gastronomic trendsetters and hipsters galore, and the vast majority of them are white. Blending in isn’t an option. More difficult still, the job incorporates Information Theory. Once Baptiste locates a small drive containing valuable data, no one can ever know he was there at all, much less that he found it. It has to be found ‘untouched’ by the actual retrieval team.
The key to it all is in a private dance club. One of the dancers has the location, though she herself is unaware. Hakeem Carbonneau Baptiste takes the high stakes job with his usual clinical resolve, but he is tested and even transformed by the women and the world of the Perfect Lingerie.
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