Created by Elizabeth Breck
San Diego private investigator MADISON KELLY works mostly insurance fraud cases, but she’s at a personal and professional crossroads of sorts right now, letting things slide, not taking any new cases and spending way more time than she should on the internet, tweeting about Crawlspace, a true crime podcast that she’s become addicted to, while trying to decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life.
So it’s all the more perplexing when she comes home one day to her La Jolla apartment (near the beach, of course) to discover a threatening note “speared to her front door with a rusty nail”:
“Stop investigating me, or I will hunt you down and kill you. BITCH. No police.”
That’s the kick-off to one of 2020’s more impressive series launches, the aptly titled Anonymous. Madison’s suitably tough and savvy, the author’s got a lock on the La Jolla setting, and the plot barrels along, zigging and zagging and taking some fresh, original turns. Of course, it may help that the author, Elizabeth Breck, is an actual private detective, licensed in the state of California, but what really seals the deal is more impressive, and certainly more rare–she’s a terrific writer.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A native Californian, Harriet-the-Spy-obsessed Elizabeth Breck has worked mainly in the field of insurance investigations, making her the real-life version of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone. In 2013, she decided to go back to school, earning a bachelor’s degree in writing, summa cum laude, from the University of California San Diego. She lives with a black Labrador named Hubert who is her best friend.
- “Anonymous is an emotionally-wrought, angst-riddled, drop-dead terrific tale cut squarely from the cloth of Lisa Gardner and Harlan Coben. Elizabeth Breck introduces us to savvy and seasoned private detective Madison Kelly… mystery/thriller writing of the highest order, as riveting as it is relentless.”
— Jon Land
- “Anonymous has suspense, action, and investigation that’s believable, carried out by an appealing and very human female investigator in one of the most beautiful towns in the country. This will be the start of a terrific series.”
— Thomas Perry
- “A smart, tough female protagonist, a unique plot, fast-moving prose written with a steady hand and a startling conclusion make this superb debut novel from real-life PI Elizabeth Breck a must read.”
— David Housewright on Anonymous
- “Elizabeth Breck’s praiseworthy debut novel is unrelenting, like her dogged, smart protagonist, Madison Kelly.”
— David Swinson on Anonymous
- Anonymous (2020 | Buy this book | Buy the audio | Kindle it!
- Double Take (2021) | Buy this book | Buy the audio | Kindle it!
- You Don’t Look Like A Private Investigator
How a breast cancer diagnosis took Elizabeth Breck from working as a P.I. to writing about one.
- True Detectives
Real-Life Eyes Who’ve Written P.I. Novels
- San Diego Eyes
America’s Finest City’s Finest Eyes
- The Five Most Realistic PIs In Fiction
Elizabeth Breck, author and licensed private investigator, on the fictional sleuths who do the job right.
THE DICK OF THE DAY
- September 2, 2023
The Bottom Line:Written by a real-life PI, ANONYMOUS (2020) was just a kick ass intro to a tough, determined and all-too-human La Jolla P.I., a modern-day Kinsey. And the sequel wasn’t too shabby, either. More please.