Real-life cop and accomplished writer Burcell pens another razor-sharp story in her series featuring San Francisco PD homicide investigator Kate Gillespie.

Three years ago, Kate was shot during a drug-bust gone wrong, an incident in which another innocent woman was killed with the same gun. Neither shooter nor weapon has yet been recovered, and now Kate's on television, trying to get new leads on the cold case. Kate's media appearance puts this old mystery on the front burner, and things begin to heat up when a smooth criminal gets under her skin. Meanwhile, the FBI agent she secretly longs to connect with steps back into the picture when another attempt is made on Kate's life.

As an author who travels this territory in her day job and lives to type about it at night, Burcell is a prime example of America's finest, both in fiction and on duty. (Feb., 288 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Cindy Harrison