Blood on the Street

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

BLOOD ON THE STREET is the fourth in a series of mysteries by Annette Meyers in which Leslie Wetzon and Xenia Smith, partners in a Wall Street headhunting firm, find themselves looking for murderers instead of for ambitious clients. Herself a senior vice president with such a firm, the author is thoroughly familiar with the world in which her characters live.

When their stockbroker client, Brian Middleton, is found murdered in Central Park, Leslie and Xenia are hired by his ex-wife and heir, Rona Middleton, to find missing papers, money, and a goddaughter, all of which have some involvement with the murdered man. During their investigation, the sleuths encounter a number of people who are obviously lying, including other headhunters, a popular therapist, and his disquieting wife. Meanwhile, Leslie’s own life is complicated by a flooded apartment and two romantic involvements, not to mention the fact that she herself is in danger, which is underlined when she finds a young woman dead at their appointed meeting place. It is, however, this second crime which enables the partners to unmask the killer of both victims.

In BLOOD ON THE STREETS, as in her earlier Smith and Wetzon mysteries, Meyers has kept her secrets and maintained suspense until the final page. However, her books owe their appeal not merely to her acknowledged skill in plotting, but perhaps even more to the interesting characters who inhabit this world she knows so well, a world so competitive that it could well tempt someone to eliminate a threat by an act as extreme as murder.