Someone is murdering wealthy, married, and deeply closeted gay people in Washington, DC--four so far, brutally and always in a dark parking lot. Police lieutenant Gianna Maglione is head of the Hate Crimes Unit and it's her job to find the perp. Except that after four murders, she and her team don't have a single clue and the only thing they know for sure is that there will be another murder. Making Gianna's life even more difficult is investigative newspaper reporter Mimi Patterson who, despite Gianna's best efforts, also is investigating the murders. She knows things that nobody but Gianna's team knows: The names of the victims and method of their murders, and she's going to write a story. Mimi thinks people--especially gay people--should know they could be in danger. As they both pursue the killer following different paths, their growing attracting to each other is a problem neither welcomes. Then there's the fact that the killer has an eye on Gianna's locked closed door. The nation's capital is not an easy place in which to keep a secret.
Mickelbury's debut offers a pair of lesbian sleuths--an Italian cop and a black reporter--who spend work time tracking down a serial killer and play time pursuing each other. Four closeted gay professionals, three men and one woman, have been murdered in as many months. Despite efforts by Lt. Gianna Maglione, head of the Washington, D.C., police's Hate Crimes Unit, to impose a press blackout, a gay newspaper editor has picked up on the pattern of deaths. Mimi Patterson is assigned the story and gets her first surprise when she realizes Gianna is the luscious woman she recently spotted at the gym. Mimi is also concerned for her friend Freddy Schuyler, a former football player who is being pestered by gays who want him to come out--although it could ruin the popular nightclub he now runs. Professionally, Gianna and Mimi circle each other warily, yet they must come to terms with a mutual attraction so powerful that when one is targeted by the killer, the other is also drawn into danger. Although there is a disappointing inevitability to the identity of the killer, Gianna and Mimi imbue the tale with a certain winning zest.