Scully, a LAPD detective, has been charged with misconduct during a murder by solicitation case. He slept with a high profile actress seeking to kill her husband and then lost the evidence in the case. He has a choice of prosecution, creating bad press for the LAPD yet again or resignation. He choses to go quietly. His colleagues are stunned. His wife now wants a divorce and his son won't talk to him.
Scully then tries to find a police job in neighbouring cities only to be rejected as the word gets out of his misdemeanor. The only job left is with the Park Haven police department, near Los Angeles.
Scully quickly gets trained on how corrupt and crooked the Haven Park police are. They are the personal goon squad for the mayor and collect his bribes and protection money. Furthermore, they plan to kill off the man who is running in opposition to the mayor. A gang calls Haven Park home and the mayor welcomes them and drives out any other gangs trying to encroach on their territory.
Although parts of this book were predictable, lots weren't and that is what made this a great nail-biting police procedural mystery.
First Line: "Just an hour before my whole life turned upside down, I was making love to my wife, Alexa, in our little house on the Grand Canal in Venice, California."
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