The Price of Innocence begins with Theresa and Frank caught in an explosion possibly aimed at a local inventor/entrepreneur, the northeast version of Bill Gates. Ignoring her bruises and forced to relinquish the investigation to the feds, Theresa tries to dive back into normalcy at work only to have a cop assassinated nearly at her feet. These two apparently unrelated cases begin to move closer and closer together as Theresa encounters the unpredictable world of methamphetamine production, an attractive and mysterious man, a circle of new money and power and a conspiracy of silence going back twenty years—the reach of which she could never have imagined.
Kirkus says: "Once again, Black constructs a puzzle that weaves olds crimes with new, always leaving room for one more twist."
Booklist says of The Price of Innocence: "Quick pacing, a keep-’em-guessing plot, plenty of dark humor, and a spunky, outspoken, whip-smart heroine make this a must-read for fans of Cornwall and Grafton."
Publisher's Weekly reports: "With only her gut to go on, she—and the reader—scud through a series of devilishly clever blind
alleys and red herrings..."