Charlie Hood must determine if ATF undercover agent Sean "Oz" Ozburn--deep undercover supporting the "sicarios" of the Baja Cartel--has suffered a permanent break with his mission and his moral compass--or if he has his reasons for going "completely dark."
The Beckers and Vonns have a history, beginning in high school years ago. But boys grow up; now one Becker brother is a cop on his first homicide case. One's a minister and one is a reporter. The past comes crashing back when the body of lovely and mysterious Janelle Vonn is discovered; each brother, in his own special way, tries to find Janelle's killer.
Homicide cop Tom McMichael must put aside the old family blood feud and find the truth about Pete Braga's death. Braga's nurse is a suspect, but the investigation soon expands to include Braga's business, his family, the Catholic diocese, an Indian casino, a prostitute, a cop, and, of course, the McMichael family.
Police officer Robbie Brownlaw survived a serious fall and became a hero. Now he sees coloured shapes when people speak. Linked to the speaker's emotions, he can use the shapes as a primitive lie detector. He's investigating the death of another cop, convinced that it is not suicide. But it might mean uncovering some of San Diego's nastiest secrets.
Three men: earnest law-enforcer, inveterate lawbreaker, and the man who pits them against each other -- hurtle toward one another in the conclusion to T. Jefferson Parker's mesmerizing vision of the border.
This time around, Hood is running the California-Mexico border with the ATF, searching for the iron river, the massive and illegal flow of handguns and automatic weapons that fuels the bloody cartel wars south of the border. Gunrunners by nature aren't exactly ethical, but the lengths they'll go to, and the innocent lives they'll risk, are shocking even to Hood. Most shocking of all is the close personal connection Hood finds wrapped up in events south of the border, a connection that shakes him to his core.
Bradley Jones, a deputy in the L.A. sheriff's department who's been transporting drugs for a Mexican cartel since he was 17, turns to fellow deputy Hood for help after henchmen of a rival cartel kidnap Jones's pregnant wife, Erin. If Jones doesn't pay the rival cartel's leader, Benjamin Armenta, a million within 10 days as an apology for the trouble he's caused Armenta, Armenta will have Erin skinned alive.
Homicide cop Tom Shephard unravels a grisly mystery that reaches back across forty years of sordid sex, blackmail, and suicide into the dark corners of his own past, and sweats out a deadly truth in the sweltering Laguna heat.
Li Frye has vanished into the dark alleys of Little Saigon, where outsiders are met with suspicion and a stony silence. Her brother-in-law, Chuck Frye cannot sit back and let the clueless police investigate the case alone and becomes entangled in corruption and violence that reaches to the highest levels of the United States intelligence community.
The murder of a pregnant woman in California's affluent Newport Beach sparks this tale of intrigue among the ranks of the local police. The victim's husband and brother are both police detectives and solving the murder takes on bigger ramifications than the initial facts might have warranted.
Some say that true outlaws no longer exist. But Charlie Hood patrols vast stretches of the American West in his cruiser and he knows the truth. When his new partner is shot dead, the only thing Hood knows for sure is that The West is a state of mind where the bad guys sometimes wear white hats and the good guys seek justice in whatever shade of gray they can find it.
After the death of his wife and son in an explosion that was meant for him, Matt Stromsoe gave up on everything, including his job on the police force. It took a lot of time and work but he's gotten his act together again, learning to see life anew. Now things are going to take another turn, his new life colliding with his past.
Someone has been abducting children from their beds, dressing them like little angels, and releasing them the next day. So far he hasn't physically harmed any of them, but as Terry Naughton, head of the Crimes Against Youth unit well knows, it's only a matter of time. When shocking accusations put his career on the line, he is forced to confront enemies from all sides.