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Somewhere in the shadows of America’s Finest City, a killer hides. Caught in a storm while sailing back from Mexico, Eddie DeSilva, San Diego’s Portuguese-American ex–chief of police, is facing a watery death when a mysterious stranger saves his life. When he reaches port, DeSilva gets a chance to return the favor: Four months earlier, the wife of his rescuer—a victim of domestic violence hiding in a women’s shelter—turned up dead on her kitchen floor, her throat slit with a kitchen knife. Her husband, charged with her murder, has disappeared . . . until he shows up on DeSilva’s boat. Despite the overwhelming evidence of his guilt, DeSilva doggedly sets out to prove his rescuer’s innocence, and in the process uncovers hidden aspects of the victim’s life. Pauline Graham, a psychologist on the board of directors of the women’s shelter where the murder victim was residing, is conducting her own investigation into alleged financial improprieties at the nonprofit. Her interest in DeSilva, a widower and former client, is not entirely professional, and as they resume their ill-defined but evolving relationship, their investigations inevitably intersect in a sinister and twisted scenario in which the hunters become the hunted. Set against the colorful background of San Diego, this second novel in the Eddie DeSilva series is a page-turning murder mystery with an edge.

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