The Case That Introduced Helen Meeker and the In the President’s Service series. Four Owners, One Yellow Packard, In the Fast Lane to Danger! In the midst of the Great Depression, draftsman George Hall longs to bring his baby girl, Rose, home from the hospital in style. So, he buys a barely used Packard sedan from the estate of spinster Abigale Watling despite rumors the car is nothing but bad luck. At first, the Packard brings the Halls an unexpected boon … but the unthinkable follows when Rose is kidnapped, and the car stolen. Helen Meeker—struggling to prove herself in the male-dominated ranks of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI—takes the case and vows to bring justice to the Halls. Tracking down the kidnapper means tracking down the Packard, and Helen soon finds herself steered into intrigue and the line of fire of the country’s most sought-after public enemy. Until clues lead to a dead end. As the case stalls, the Packard changes hands several times, leaving a mixed path of triumph and tragedy for its owners and obscuring the truth … unless Helen can clear up its tarnished legacy in time.


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