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SUMMER OF FEARIt's a scorching California summer, and cop-turned-crime-writer, Russ Monroe is on the hottest story of his career. A serial killer is massacring entire families in Orange County. The police are keeping the murders under wraps, but Monroe has a desperate need to know.
Why? Because the latest victim is his ex-lover. However, her murder is not reported and the next day all traces of the crime vanish. The only two people who think it ever happened are Russ, and the man he saw leave the scene of the crime as he arrived—a Laguna Beach homicide detective. Each suspects the other and they begin separate investigations to prove the other's guilt, exposing a terrifying web of greed, duplicity, and passion.
Hard to put down, harder to forget. —San Diego Union-Tribune
Like careening down a steep road without brakes. —Detroit Free Press
PACIFIC BEATEx-cop Jim Weir thought he'd seen it all during his years on the force. That is until he saw the body of his sister Annie, brutally used by a monster in human form, then carelessly discarded. He'd never seen such grief ravage the face of his friend and brother-in-law Ray Cruz, a good cop on the Newport Beach Police Department. When Weir learns that the only witness swore the killer made his escape in a Newport Beach squad car, his disbelief turns to confusion and outrage. Now the anguished Weir is on the killer's trail, looking for answers among his former colleagues, but he's going up against a solid wall of silent blue. And just out of sight, a fractured shadow of a man watches Jim's progress with twisted amusement as he waits for his time to come.