Cops can make mistakes, even when they’re not rookies. If anyone knows that it’s Cass Raines.
Cass took a bullet two years ago after an incompetent colleague screwed up a tense confrontation with an armed suspect. Deeply traumatized, Cass resigned from the Chicago PD, leaving one less female African-American on the force. Now she’s the head of a one-woman private investigation agency, taking on just enough work to pay the bills. But when the only father figure she’s ever known, Father Ray Heaton, asks her to look into a recent spate of vandalism at his church, she readily agrees to handle it.
Only hours later Cass is horrified to discover Father Ray’s murdered body in the church confessional, a dead gangbanger sprawled out nearby. She knew Pop, as she called him, had ticked off plenty of people, from slumlords to politicians, with his uncompromising defense of the downtrodden. But a late-night random theft doesn’t seem like much of a motive at a cash-strapped parish. The lead detective assigned to the case is all too eager to dismiss it as a burglary gone awry, just another statistic in a violent city. But Cass’s instincts tell her otherwise, and badge or no badge, she intends to see justice done . . .
“An exciting new character-driven series.”
Cass Raines, the intelligent, perceptive narrator of Clark's unforgettable first novel and series launch, runs her own one-woman detective agency in Chicago. A former Chicago PD detective, Cass left the force after being shot during a confrontation with an armed suspect two years earlier. Soon after her old friend Fr. Ray "Pop" Heaton asks her to look into a vandalism incident at his church, she discovers him shot to death in the confessional. Near the altar lies the body of a young man wearing gang colors. The self-assured yet incompetent police detective assigned to the case sees this one as quickly closed. Since Cass owes so much to Pop, who helped her grandparents raise her after her mother died, she decides to investigate on her own. While Cass is busy fighting for justice in her neighborhood, she may also have a little time for a policeman she admires, a certain Detective Weber,who's separated from his wife. Distinctive, vividly written characters lift this promising debut. Readers will be eager for the sequel.
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Cass Raines is a great P.I. Like Kinsey Milhone
I love finding new authors who create complex female lead characters. Cass Raines is a stubborn, strong willed, sassy private investigator/ former cop. She can’t help herself from getting in over her head. I enjoyed this book and the cast of characters that inhabit her south side of Chicago world. It’s an easy read that’s hard to put down. If you liked Sue Grafton and miss Kinsey Milhone like I do, check this author out