Samantha Kincaid was working in the misdemeanor intake unit
issuing one criminal trespass after criminal trespass case.
All she could think about to herself is "Wow! What a way to spend
your 32nd birthday."
Around 8:30 a young woman
came into the intake unit and asked for Samatha. She stated
she had a call for her and transferred it back. The call was
from Jack Walker who was one of the major crime team
detectives. He told Samatha he had work for her. A body
was found in Hillside and he was told she was the gal for this one.
Samantha was a little surprised and wanted to know who told him
this. He stated it was the senior deputy district attorney
Russell Frist. He also informed her that this case was going
to be a dousy.
The victim was star investigative
reporter Percy Crenshaw who had been bludgeoned to death in his
carport. For weeks previous to Crenshaw's death, tensions in
the city were running high. A police officer shot and killed
an unarmed mother of two. He said it was self-defense.
There were many anti-police demonstrations as a result.
It didn't take long for an arrest to be made after
Crenshaw's death. Within hours two young men were
arrested. One of the men confessed to killing Crenshaw.
This pretty well wrapped up the case until the suspect recanted his
confession. The man stated that he was coerced through
different tactics the police department used.
knew she now had to find more evidence. Does Samantha realize
what she is getting into? She is now in the middle of the
city's political battles. Her investigation takes her through
a maze of connections between the city's drug trade and the police
officers in the precinct.
Alafair Burke is a skilled
writer and this novel will captivate you. There is plenty of
suspense and Alafair Burke takes the reader on one wild ride as she
goes through her investigation. The author has done an
excellent job with the Samantha Kincaid character. She comes
across as down to earth but at the same time she is such a cool
investigator. The Samantha Kincaid series keeps getting better
and better and we look forward to more books. Be sure to add
this one to your reading list. It is highly
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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