Fifteen years ago, a group of female San Francisco cops founded the Rookie Club so they'd have someone to turn to in their struggles with the male-dominated force. Jamie Vail was part of the club, until one of the members, Natasha Devlin, slept with her husband and Jamie found herself on the outside, looking in.

When Natasha is slain, Jamie wants nothing to do with the investigation, but she's sucked into it by her former husband. Also on her plate is a case that's going to take serious detective skills to solve. Female officers are being raped and beaten by a perpetrator who leaves behind no clues. Jamie must be careful before her involvement becomes deadly.

The first book in Girard's series has some things going for it. The plot is intricate and the characters are fleshed out, though sometimes hard to connect with. There are some graphic descriptions of what happens to the victims that raises the tension but can also be a bit off-putting. Overall, this is a fine read, with just the right amount of suspense and twists along the way. (Jun., 320 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Robyn Glazer