California PI Jackson Douglas intends to sleep half of his thirtieth birthday away. After all, it's just another painful reminder of the tragedy his life has become, and avoidance seems to be the only coping mechanism that works.
But plans change when Jackson is contacted by his neighbor Connie and a valley girl named Shay, both of whom want to hire him. He reluctantly takes their cases, and while both seem harmless enough, he can't shake the feeling that things are not what they appear.
Jackson's ambiguous misgivings finally begin to take shape when Shay disappears. Jackson spends a hectic night chasing across Los Angeles, using every resource available to help Shay while simultaneously seeking to unravel the elusive truth about her identity. The search thrusts him into a decade-old feud between rival LA gangs, repeatedly putting his life in danger and forcing him into decisions that could change his life forever. Only when morning breaks does Jackson realize his cases are intertwined, leading to a showdown with a gang leader while everyone's life hangs in the balance.
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This novel actually has a short story in-bedded within, that provides the reader some family dynamics. Birr spins a tale of PI Jackson Douglas, who on his thirtieth birthday, gets involved in LAPD sting operation to bring down a gang leader and drug lord. All through the plot the author references something Jackson is struggling with, but it's deeply buried in his psyche, and related to the short story. Our protagonist muddles through his investigation to solve the case, then the short story comes to conclusion also. Birr uses the last chapter to very cleverly tie up all the loose ends, and divulge the mystery of Jackson Douglas.
I Really liked this book! If I could, I'd give it a 4.7 though, cause I have a couple minor complaints. It's way better than a 4 though so I had to give it a 5. This is the story of Jackson Douglas, a PI, who on his birthday gets 2 sort of weird "jobs", which he takes because he thinks they'll be easy. They weren't easy. It's very nice to read a book with characters (especially the main character)have scruples. There is no cussing and no sex, yet it's not a "goody 2 shoes" type of book either. Now to my minor complaints. #1. There are a few typos. A pet peeve of mine. There aren't many. 4 or 5 at the most. #2. We are taken,several times, 5 years prior to tell of a vacation in Hawaii. I didn't really get why. I thought the stories would come together eventually, but they didn't. Perhaps it was just to show the importance of family, or maybe, since this is clearly titled "Book One" it will come together in Book 2. I think each book, even of a series, should be ok all on it's own, so I am not a fan of that little glitch. I won this book, and after I received it, I found out the author is a dear friend of my dear friend from school days! What a small world. But that didn't influence my review, it really is a great story.