LAPD cop Michael Gideon and his police dog partner Sirius became reluctant celebrities after capturing a notorious serial killer in the midst of an inferno. For their heroism, they were chosen to head up the newly formed Special Cases Unit.Read more...
LAPD cop Michael Gideon and his police dog partner Sirius became reluctant celebrities after capturing a notorious serial killer in the midst of an inferno. For their heroism, they were chosen to head up the newly formed Special Cases Unit. Now the duo tackles out-of-the- ordinary cases, anything deemed unusual or bizarre even by Hollyweird standards.
When a teenager is found crucified in a city park, Gideon and Sirius are handed the bizarre case. Confronting the gruesome tableau and having to work the case worsens Detective Gideon's PTSD, a condition he has tried to hide from others. Gideon's burns may have healed, but the fire haunts him still...in more ways than one.
Eerily prescient since that terrible night of the fire, Gideon has unusual insights into the crimes he investigates, a skill he and Sirius must learn to trust as much as they do each other if they are to solve --and survive--this case.
- ISBN-13: 9781612186092
- ISBN-10: 1612186092
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
- Publish Date: December 2012
- Page Count: 298
- Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-04-22
- Reviewer: Staff
Russell (Exposure) does a fine job of combining the procedural and the whodunit in what many will hope debuts a series. Det. Michael Gideon of the LAPD was able to capture the Santa Ana Strangler, who claimed 11 lives over two years. The success came at a price—both Gideon and his canine partner suffered severe burns, but the celebrity they gained as a result of the apprehension enabled Gideon to write his own ticket in the department. The police chief persuades him to defer his dreams of joining Robbery-Homicide and instead serve as the LAPD's professional skeptic, assigned to deal with "the unusual, the peculiar, the curious, and perhaps even the enigmatic." He soon lands just such a case—18-year-old Paul Klein, son of a Hollywood producer, whose film on human trafficking is about to open, has been crucified. The timing leads the senior Klein to speculate that the mob killed Paul as retaliation for the film's content. The various plot elements, including mind games the Strangler plays with Gideon from jail, mesh nicely, and suspense and engagement with the lead are maintained throughout. (Dec.)