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Bestselling crime writer John Lescroart has crafted a complex tale of arson, murder, and political mayhem in this mystery featuring San Francisco lawyer Dismas Hardy and police detective Abe Glitsky.
At first it looks like a simple case of arson, covering up a high-profile murder-suicide. But it soon becomes clear that there's nothing simple about this case. And when the mayor asks Deputy Chief of Inspectors Abe Glitsky to ride herd on loose-cannon homicide detective Dan Cuneo in a politically sensitive investigation into the death of one of Her Honor's biggest supporters, that quickly puts both cops in the hot seat. With a history of suspicion and betrayal behind them, it's no surprise that Glitsky and Cuneo disagree about practically everything, from prime suspect to probable cause. The one thing they do agree upon is the fact they don't want to work this or any other case together. It doesn't help that Cuneo's suspect turns out to be Hardy's old flame -- or that the talented lawyer agrees to defend her -- or that Glitsky refuses to drop his own search for another suspect. An accusation of collusion could lead to an investigation that Glitsky and Hardy definitely cannot afford. But with evidence hard to come by and politics complicating the case, it all comes down to finding the motive. Sue Stone