Half of DC Police Detective Ezra Simeon’s face is immobilized from a persistent case of Bell’s Palsy—he must drink through a straw and eat carefully to avoid chewing through his own cheek. He has been detailed from robbery to the cold case department while he heals.
“How odd to dream with one eye open, like having one foot in reality,” Sim muses in the dark, bluesy vein that is typical of his Chandler-esque narration. “That’s what makes dreaming dangerous and why I moved my gun farther from the bed.”
Detective Simeon’s half-frozen world begins to heat up when a friend from his Academy days drops dead of a heart attack, and Sim is tapped to replace him, detailed now to homicide, where he inherits the high-profile case of a murdered escort he alone thinks may be the victim of a serial killer.
Mons Kallentoft - International Bestselling author of the Malin Fors crime fiction series (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)
Madison Smartt Bell, author of, The Color of Night (Vintage, 2011)
Tim Grobaty, the Press Telegram of Long Beach
Allan Lengel, former crime writer for the Washington Post and current editor of ticklethewire.com, a website on federal law enforcement news.
Dave Jamieson, award winning journalist and author of, Mint Condition (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010)