Author: Jennifer Sturman
Meeting the in-laws was the least of her problems...There's nothing like being the guest of honor at an
engagement party to remind a person she has commitment issues, but Rachel Benjamin has finally put
her neuroses behind her. A weekend with her fiance, Peter, and his parents will put her skills to the test,
but she's confident they'll never guess how new she is to normal relationships. Then Rachel receives a
cryptic message: her friend Hilary is missing. Hilary was last seen in the company of Igor "Iggie"
Behrenz, a budding Internet tycoon with strange fashion sense and even stranger secrets--secrets Hilary
had been threatening to expose. Someone is orchestrating an elaborate scavenger hunt across San
Francisco, dangling Hilary as the prize. Now Rachel has to track down her friend, which would be enough
of a challenge if she weren't already busy proving how normal she is to her future in-laws. And when
Rachel stumbles upon secrets all Peter's own, she wonders if maybe she's declared victory over her
neuroses too soon.
Like Rachel Benjamin, the heroine of The Key, The Pact and The Jinx, Jennifer Sturman grew up in
Shaker Heights, Ohio, the birthplace of another fictional character, Ward Cleaver. She also attended the
same school as actress Margaret Hamilton, the Cleveland native who played the Wicked Witch of the
West in The Wizard of Oz. When Jennifer was in the fourth grade Ms. Hamilton visited her alma mater
and told the students how she melted. While sworn to secrecy, Jennifer does offer the following hint:
trapdoor.Jennifer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in history and literature.
She began her business career as a financial analyst in mergers and acquisitions at Goldman, Sachs.
Unlike her heroine, Jennifer did not thrive on the all-nighters and number crunching demanded by Wall
Street, although she managed to sustain herself by consuming a steady stream of Diet Coke. After two
years, she enrolled at Harvard Business School, where, with the aid of yet more Diet Coke, she earned
her MBA with distinction. She then joined McKinsey & Company as a management consultant, advising
clients in media, consumer packaged goods and retail on a broad range of strategic issues. She now
works in corporate strategy at Time Warner, but she does not get free cable.Jennifer resides in
Manhattan. She has no free time, but if she did, she would probably spend it doing a New York Times
crossword puzzle, watching bad teen movies from the eighties and sipping drinks that come with little
umbrellas in them. She is currently at work on her fourth Red Dress Ink book in the Rachel Benjamin
series, The Hunt, to be released in December 2007.