Jason's grandmother has just passed away and his dad needs help going through her things in Florida. When he gets a mysterious phone call asking if he is smart enough, Jason sets out on a journey of discovery about about the city of St. Petersburg, FL, old families and their strong ties, and about the grandmother that he never really knew until now.
The story within a story aspect of this book had me very interested. At certain points, I felt like I was watching an old black and white movie complete with detectives in smoky offices talking about dames. The story of Jason and his friend Dia and their search for the next chapter of the story that would tell them more about Jason's grandmother was just as good, though. Abbott did a very nice job of going back and forth from one story to the next by having Jason and Dia explaining to each other how the old story went along with the mystery they were trying to solve. And the crazy characters that we meet along the way are very entertaining!