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From Agatha Christie to Murder, She Wrote, women have occupied a central and honored place in the mystery scene. Containing articles about female writers past and present, including Mary Higgins Clark, Patricia Cornwell, J.A. Jance, Sara Paretsky, Marcia Muller and others, this book celebrates women’s contributions to crime fiction.
When Austin police officer Zoe Barrow fatally shoots twenty-five-year-old Jesse Garcia during a standoff, Internal Affairs has some hard questions—because the dead perp also happens to be the guy who put a bullet in Zoe’s husband and left him a vegetable. Assigned to desk duty until she’s cleared of any vendetta, Zoe tries to piece together a series of strange and violent new twists that will make or break her career.
One of her snitches, a local prostitute, is murdered and Zoe finds a strange connection to another unofficial case: a friend of her husband’s who thinks his wife has hired someone—a cop—to kill him. Soon, threats from Garcia’s uncle, another brutal murder and a sobering link to police corruption put Zoe in the line of fire, fighting to save her badge, her honor and her skin.