Created by Lawrence Sanders (1920-98)
DORA CONTI's a likable, methodical insurance investigator working out of Manhattan, with a soft spot for food and flirtation, who gets more than she bargained for in The Seventh Commandment (1991) when she takes on the case of a $3 million death claim following the stabbing of jewelry magnate Lewis Starrett on the street.
The usual array of Lawrence's suspects, each hinkier and kinkier than the last, includes the victim's greedy and ambitious son, his drug-crazed daughter; a lecherous brother-and-sister tag team and a glib-talking preacher who's got his hooks into the widow.
Another in Sanders "Commandment" series, all of which feature the adventures of one New York investigator or another, all of whom work for one large and powerful company or another, looking into the various cracks in the facades of the rich and famous.
If you like Todd, check out Samuel Todd (The Sixth Commandment), Mary Lou "Dunk" Bateson (The Eighth Commandment) or Joshua Bigg (The Tenth Commandment). Sanders also created quasi-eyes Timothy Cone and Wolf Lannihan. And if you're into something a bit breezier, and a little less New Yorkish, you could try Archie McNally.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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