“ Instantly cinematic and completely authentic...” —Hank Phillippi Ryan on Pacific Homicide
“ Crackling with wit and suspense...” —Bonnie MacBird on Pacific Homicide
“ Los Angeles comes vibrantly alive...” —Romantic Times on Short Change
“ ...snappy prose, a compelling heroine, and a healthy dose of suspense..” —Booklist on Cover Your Assets
“ a breezy, good-humored voice that's tremendously enjoyable.” —Baltimore Sun on Cover Your Assets
“ Smiley's feisty heroine boosts the bottom line.” —Entertainment Weekly on False Profits
“...lots of action and just enough heart.” —Kirkus on Outside the Wire
The Pacific Homicide Series
Now available from Midnight Ink
"...Smiley kicks off a hard-boiled series with a bang in this fast-paced novel that sweeps readers along quickly. Davie is an engaging sleuth; her tough exterior hides a fragile heart..."
Most cops spend their entire careers without firing a weapon in the line of duty. LAPD Homicide Detective Davie Richards is an outlier, a cop who killed a suspect to save her partner's life. While she waits for the police commission to rule her shooting was within policy, she's called out to probe a gruesome homicide. With her own case in limbo, Davie knows that any mistakes in the investigation could end her career.
"...Smiley's second LAPD entry moves the plot as deftly as she moves the reader, with lots of action and just enough heart."
LAPD Homicide Detective Davie Richards is called to an airport parking garage in the dark hours before sunrise to investigate the shooting of a retired U.S. Army Ranger. Missing personal items appear to point to a robbery, but Davie suspects a more sinister motive when she notices only one military dog tag around the ranger's neck. Could the murderer have taken the other as a memento of the kill?
"Smiley's prose is like butter, and she depicts her major and minor characters with a keen eye for the telling detail... while the plot hums along like Tucker in her snazzy Porsche Boxster. These elements plus a rich melange of supporting characters make for an amusing and satisfying read." —Paula Woods, The Washington Post