Morrow, Jun 2003, 24.95, 308 pp.
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.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner