In the summer of 1997, Thomas Lynch arrives as the new chief of police in Idyll, Connecticut—a town where serious crimes can be counted on one hand. So no one is prepared when Cecilia North is found murdered on a golf course. By chance, Chief Lynch met her mere hours before she was killed. With that lead, the case should be a slam dunk. But there’s a problem. If Lynch tells his detectives about meeting the victim, he’ll reveal his greatest secret—he’s gay. So Lynch works angles of the case on his own. Meanwhile, he must contend with pressure from the mayor to solve the crime before the town’s biggest tourist event begins, all while coping with the suspicions of his men, casual homophobia, and difficult memories of his former NYPD partner’s recent death. As the case unfolds, Lynch realizes that small-town Idyll isn’t safe, especially for a man with secrets that threaten the thing he loves most—his job. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Set in 1997, Gayle's well-written but tame first mystery introduces Thomas Lynch, who has left his action-packed job as a New York City detective to become the police chief of rural Idyll, Conn. But Idyll turns out to be far from idyllic for this closeted gay cop. When Lynch propositions a man he has stopped for speeding and their tryst ends badly, he realizes that the other man could report him and ruin his career. The sympathetic Lynch will show poor judgment on more than one occasion. Meanwhile, the fatal shooting of Cecilia North, a pretty local who recently graduated from college, gives Lynch a real case to work on. The workmanlike plot trots out and discards a series of plausible suspects until the unmasking of the killer. One hopes that the capable Gayle (My Summer of Southern Discomfort) will offer a stronger story line in the sequel.