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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 the gruesome homicide of Anya Nosova, a nineteen-year-old Russian beauty whose body is found in the Los Angeles sewer system. With her own case in limbo, Davie knows that any mistakes in the investigation could end her career. Meanwhile, as she hunts for the murderer, somebody from her past is hunting her. Knowing she’s in the crosshairs, Davie must bring Anya’s killer to justice before her life and the lives of those she loves are destroyed.


"Crackling with wit and suspense, Patricia Smiley's Pacific Homicide is a classic police procedural told with flair, imagination and the deep authenticity of an author who knows the LAPD from firsthand experience."—Bonnie MacBird, author of Art in the Blood, A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

"Fans of the classic police procedural will love Davie Richards, the LAPD detective at the heart of this novel . . . Readers will discover Smiley's nimble talents for understated wit, unsentimental affection and the emotional wounds that drive the best cops to buck the system in search of justice."—Kim Fay, Edgar Award finalist for The Map of Lost Memories

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