For LAPD Homicide Detective Kate Delafield, Washington DC is the last place on earth she wants to be. But, thanks to her partner's machinations, here she is.
Driven by insatiable curiosity about a past Kate has adamantly refused to share, Aimee has maneuvered her into attending what Aimee views as an innocuous reunion of the men and women with whom Kate served as a Marine Corps officer in Vietnam twenty-five years ago.
The past resurfaces with a vengeance. First, shots are fired into their hotel room. Then a savage murder is committed by someone attending the reunion. Kate finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation in a city where she has no jurisdiction, confronted by detectives who view her with contentious suspicion. And Aimee learns to her consternation that Kate has had very good reasons to hold her memories at bay. Shocking secrets emerge—among them the alluring Rachel, who has now, thanks to Aimee, reentered Kate's life.
In unknown and hostile terrain, Kate must find a way through her tumultuous emotions, must use all her training and resourcefulness to protect herself and Aimee from the lethal danger gathering all around them.
A Kate Delafield Mystery Series Book 5.
The latest appearance of Forrest's likable heroine, lesbian LAPD detective Kate Delafield, is earnest but unconvincing. Former Marine Kate and her lover, Aimee, are in Washington, D.C., for Kate's Vietnam reunion. Most of the wartime gang are there, some thriving, some still bitter, but one much-loved character is absent, an apparent MIA, a man that Kate misses more that most. Is there a secret behind Cap's disappearance long ago? A volley of bullets peppers Kate and Aimee's hotel room within hours of their arrival, and then Allan, another vet, is murdered, leaving a hint that Cap was involved. Yet Allan never met Cap overseas. Why is he dead now? Long stretches of Vietnam vet-talk, angled mainly towards the personal difficulties faced by homosexual service men and women, and frequent, distracting shifts in point of view (between Kate's and Aimee's) and the never fully answered question of why the killer shows up at the the reunion seriously diminish the impact of this story from the author of the considerably superior Murder at the Nightwood Bar.