A Reason to Kill—First Edition

A Reason to Kill“Eve Zaremba’s first mystery surely represents one of the more unusual experiments with the female hard-boiled private-eye. First of all her hero, Helen Keremos is a Canadian, second she is a lesbian…

The plot…has several twists to deliver before it’s unusual conclusion-one that turns the classic reenactment of the crime into a exercise in collective decision making…The politics of Zaremba’s novel, sexual and otherwise, is clearly recognizable as part of the Seventies.”

1001 Midnights, The Aficionado’s Guide toMystery and Detective Fiction

Lots of 18-year-olds disappear but in the case of Martin Millwell, a routine missing person case turns into a nightmare. Helen Keremos is hired by Martin’s father to find the boy but gets no cooperation from Martin’s mother, her lover or his friends. Why the coverup? Takes Keremos, a lesbian detective, to figure it out and solve the case.