From Publishers Weekly
In Burke's absorbing third Samantha Kincaid mystery (after 2004's Missing Justice
), the 32-year-old deputy DA and her just-moved-in lover, Det. Chuck Forbes, look into the murder of Percy Crenshaw, a popular investigative reporter and liaison to the Portland, Ore., minority community, who's found bludgeoned to death after a protest over a police shooting with racial overtones. Careful scrutiny of video footage unearths a couple of meth-headed hoodlums who were in the right place at the right time for the crime. Chuck's partner elicits a confession, and the case seems wrapped. When the ill-gotten confession is deemed inadmissable, the wavering line between loyalty to Chuck and Samantha's prosecutorial integrity becomes the catalyst for a breakup. Meanwhile, budding journalist Heidi Hatmaker, eager to break into the crime beat, studies Crenshaw's cryptic notes and surmises that the reporter's recent surveillance of questionable police activity may have led to his demise. A former deputy DA herself, Burke confidently lays out the procedural details, but she's less sure at rendering complex personal relationships.
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Usually, district attorneys and cops play well together; they're both on the same team, after all, trying to rid the streets of crime. But something's gone awry in Portland, Oregon, and Deputy DA Samantha Kincaid finds herself in the middle of a very ugly political battle. Samantha is called to the scene of a brutal murder--the victim being Percy Crenshaw, a well-known investigative reporter. Tension in the DA's office is already high, thanks to a shooting in which a Portland cop, with less than reasonable cause, killed a young mother. An arrest comes quickly in the Crenshaw case, but then one of the suspects recants his confession, claiming police brutality. The deeper Samantha digs, the more cops--including, potentially, her live-in boyfriend--turn on her, and the more it looks like the fix is in. Burke, daughter of author James Lee Burke and once a Portland prosecutor herself, delivers a politically charged, gritty thriller in this third entry in the Samantha Kincaid series. Mary Frances WilkensCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved