Berkley, Feb 2005, 5.99, 304 pp.
Once he was an investigative reporter and minor league ballplayer but Lou Tedesco started on a downward spiral when he became an alcoholic. Now he is a sober movie and food critic for Portland, Oregon's Stumptown Weekly.
His current assignment is to cover the opening of the Bijou, a renovated movie theater in Seagirt that will show the classics. When he arrives in the small town, he finds no vacant motel rooms as the media occupies everything while covering the double homicide of locals Shelley Korta and Larry Narz. The couple was executed on the nearby beach where he was proposing to her. Lou meets Shelley's mother at the spot where the murders occurred; he promises he will not allow this to become a cold case due to official incompetence. He makes inquiries that lead to a beating and death threats.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner