The Dancing Boy, by Michael Matson
All Treat Mikkelson wants to do after a lifetime of investigating crime is lead a peaceful life on his small Puget Sound island but the death of a woman he’s never met draws him into an investigation that exposes the horrifying underbelly of child exploitation.
Margaret Neilssen’s death appears accidental, a broken neck resulting from a fall late at night. Her good friend Cassie McLaren, however, suspects it was murder and beguiles Mikkelson into investigating. Reluctant to give up his isolation but attracted to Cassie, he agrees to talk to the local police and the medical examiner and discovers that Cassie is right.