"Fascinating police thriller"
Leah Harris is a detective in the Seattle homicide unit
when she catches the call about the multiple stabbing death
of a young Spanish woman. When she investigates the scene,
her first thought is this is a crime of passion. However,
things become much more complex when a picture of her
lover, narcotics detective John Darby is found there.
She immediately calls her superior officer who gets
Internal Affairs involved. Sergeant Frank Milkovich
immediately insinuates himself into the investigation and
discover heroin behind the stove and a million dollars in
cash in the closet of the dead woman's apartment.
Frank thinks they stumbled upon a cell of a Colombian drug
cartel. The victim's father is persona non grata in the
United States and no record of a John Darby exists. Leah
and Frank realize they have muddled into something deadly
that could get them killed if they are not extremely
DOUBLE BLUFF is a fascinating police thriller starring two
great protagonists who each deserve their own series.
Michael A. Hawley gives the reader an insider's look about
what confronts a police officer on a recurring basis. The
story line is multi-layered so that when the reader peels
one subplot off, there is something ever darker and more
shocking underneath it. This crime thriller is great
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 30, 2002
It's two o'clock in the morning, and Det. Sgt. Leah Harris
is standing over the savagely slashed body of a young
college co-ed, Christina Herrera. For Leah, a lead homicide
investigator for the Seattle Police Department, this much
is routine. However, a photograph found lying on the
victim's dresser has Harris in a state of near panic. It's
a picture of a man Harris knows only too well--John Darby,
also a Seattle cop. But more importantly, Darby is Leah
Harris' lover. Bad goes to worse. Teamed with Internal
Affairs investigator Frank Milkovich, Harris soon learns
that the motive for the killing seems to have been more
than just jealous rage. Christina's uncle, a well-respected
local banker, has links to a Colombian drug cartel.
Further, he may be using dirty cops, in a conspiracy to
move large quantities of illegal drugs into the Pacific
Northwest. Are they on track, or not? Or is this just a
part of The Double Bluff? In the explosive 24-hours that
follow, they'll soon know that...and more.