An Oakland, California, police detective suspects a heroin death was actually a homicide in this new crime thriller from the author of the DI Manx series.
Catalina Gomez was seventeen, an A student, and a volunteer at a local nonprofit. When her body was found in the lake at an Oakland park, contaminated heroin was blamed—but Catalina had just one needle mark on her body. Could her first time shooting up have also been her last?
Det. Roscoe Tanner thinks not, and smells something fishy about this supposedly accidental death. After having to break the devastating news to the girl’s parents, Tanner is furious when his boss pressures him to focus on a trivial case instead. As more details about Catalina’s life and death begin to emerge, will Tanner decide that delving into the secrets of the powerful and corrupt is worth risking his entire career?