During his search, Ellis is asked by another street person to check on her daughter Moonstar, who is also living on the street.
Moonstar declares that she is fine under the protection of her pimp, but tells Ellis that pregnant girls have been vanishing from the Second Chance Hostel for Women.
Willow hopes to rent the renovated cottage during the summer season, but Zoning Commissioner Mike Krawbach is determined to condemn the cottage, which he claims has slid onto town land, and build an ATV track where it stands.
When someone releases Willow’s two rescued border collies from of her back yard, she is sure it was Mike, and angrily threatens his life.
Hiding the ring in a secret spot with his own ring, Ellis heads off to the city to check on the rest of the group.
After a few rocky weeks when Lizzie was forced to stop smoking, she surprised everyone by beginning to thrive physically, though still coping with short-term memory loss.
Unfortunately, Lizzie’s savings had been drastically reduced years ago by an unfortunate investment in a shopping mall venture run by William “Bull” Severn.
This debut novel was a finalist for the 1998 Barry and Arthur Ellis Awards for Best First Novel.
Janet Bolin Dire Threads (Berkley Prime Crime 2011) introduces Willow Vanderling, who left a corporate job to open a machine embroidery shop in Elderberry Bay, Pennsylvania, known as “Threadville” because of the many textile arts shops in the village.