Dead Beat and DeadlyBook - 1998
After recovering from her last brush with murder, Charlie Plato, the manager of Chaps, a country-western club just outside San Francisco, decides to take time out from teaching the Texas two-step, and get lessons herself -- in self-defense. The women's kung-fu course at Chaps is a bit slow warming up, except for Estrella, a pretty young Filipina who's more than a little eager. Her real target, she confides to Charlie, is the husband who's been using her as a punching bag. When Estrella is fatally stabbed and tossed off a bridge, Charlie starts looking into her life, and learns that Estrella wasn't what she appeared to be -- and that oneset of lies will quickly lead to another, with deadly consequences for anyone, including Charlie, who gets in the way.