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Best Paperback Original

Meet Veroninca 'Ronnie' Ventana, daughter of the infamous Ventanas, the couple who made cat burglary classy. But Ronnie, with her special expertise in burglar alarm systems--getting past them, that is--and her best friend, Blackie Coogan, shamus emeritus of San Francisco, operate on the legit side of the law.

Running is supposed to be the path to health, but for Ronnie it's suddenly a direct route to danger. At six A.M. on the edge of the Bay, she's the jogger who stumbles onto the scene of a crime. The killer has seen her face and she's IDed him as a political honcho with enough clout to cover up anything...even murder. Now she's running for her life from the barrios to San Francisco's ritziest neighborhoods...and her destination is that dark place called Justice and Revenge.