Just after San Francisco's most respected and best-loved
citizen, philanthropist Philip Iverson announced the pledge
to the children's hospital, someone murders him in the
parking garage of the Golden Gate Grand Hotel. The city is
in shock with this high visibility homicide. The pressure
is on the police for a swift arrest.
Homicide Lieutenant Jane Candiotti and her new husband
and "old" partner Kenny Marks lead the investigation, the
first since they married and she was promoted to being his
boss by the SFPD. That same evening, a second murder
occurs that fails to get more than a slight yawn from the
media and even less from the politicians and the police
leadership. The victim is just a homeless person.
However, soon new murders occur tied to the bum's homicide
by the letter S written in blood at the scene. With
Iverson's wife leading the howls for justice and the media
and politicos joining in the screaming, Jane has her hands
full struggling to solve the Iverson case as well as the
five murders especially when a link between he
investigations is found that makes her a target.
This is an exciting police procedural that is typical of
the sub-genre, but grips the audience because author Clyde
Phillips provides a strong cast working an intriguing
investigation. Jane is a delight as the culprit, the
media, the brass, Iverson's widow, and members of her team,
especially one outraged subordinate and even to a degree
Kenny, work against her. Police procedural fans will
applaud this solid work.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 6, 2003