People from across the empire come to the cosmopolitan city-state of Raneadhros to find new lives. After fleeing a past employer who tried to have her killed, though, Ann Swift's having trouble starting over: when you're a six-foot-six wolf woman, it's hard to convince people you just want a quiet job as an accountant. When Gibson Scava, a brash feline detective investigating the very employer she's trying to get away from, barges into her life to get her to work a case with him, it gets even harder.
As assassins show up at her doorstep and the Ranean Guard takes a dim view of her "interference," Ann needs to decide just much she can trust the flirtatious Gibson--and just how much she's willing to embrace the Big Bad Wolf stereotype she's fought against her whole life.
Set in a world of Victorian engineering, low magic, and human and animal races, this darkly humorous mystery was nominated for a Cóyotl Award in its original publication.
Watts Martin is also the author of the Cóyotl-winning "Indigo Rain," set in the same world as "Going Concerns," and of the short story collection "Why Coyotes Howl."