Charlotte Observer police beat reporter Andy Brazil is tired of his life after college. He lives with his shut in, alcoholic mother and works out when not putting in long hours at the newspaper. He wants to be a cop like his deceased father. A series of gruesome serial murders have occurred and the police are looking inept. The politicians are pointing fingers at Chief of Police Judy Hammer, a woman. Hammer authorizes Brazil to ride along with deputy chief Virginia West to help improve community relations. West and Brazil fall for each other but fight like crazy as only people in love can.
Meanwhile West's marriage is failing, the number of murder victims continues to increase, and the heat is turned up on the investigation and the romance. Despite occasional moments of humor and lightheartedness the novel has a dark side and is full of nasty characters; corrupt politicians, philanderers, drug dealers, weasel-like journalists, moronic rednecks, and a psychotic gender-conflicted killer. The story reaches a satisfying climax when the killer is tracked down in a final confrontation with police.
This report prepared by David Fletcher
Andy Brazil wants to be a cop. But for now he is a journalist. Until he can reach his goal, he will combine the two by volunteering to ride around with the police. He's allowed to write about some bizarre murders of some very prominant men while on business trips. Brazil ends up riding with the Deputy Chief of police and finds her very attractive but they can do nothing but argue. Despite many mistakes and humorous moments, the murders of visiting business men are solved once and for all.
This report prepared by Tracey Ray