By J.A. Jance

ISBN-10: 0061196991

ISBN-13: 9780061196997

ISBN-10: 0380754134

ISBN-13: 9780380754137

A surprising photograph screamed from front pages of the tabloids—the final moments of a lifestyles captured for all of the international to work out. The glance of sheer terror without end frozen at the face of the doomed lady indicated that her deadly fall from an top tale of an unfinished Seattle skyscraper used to be no determined suicide—and that glance will perpetually hang-out murder Detective J.P. Beaumont. yet his hunt for solutions and justice is resulting in extra loss of life, and to darkish and bad secrets and techniques scrupulously guarded through males of metal at the back of the locked doorways of a robust union that extracts its dues funds in blood.

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Squad car pulled up on the dock behind me. Two uniformed officers got out, a man and a woman. The man was a guy named Phil Baxter. I had seen him around the department before, although I had to check his name tag before I could remember his name. The woman was a young black with the name "Jackson" pinned to the breast pocket of her blue uniform. She was new to me. " Baxter demanded of no one in particular. " "Looks like he is," Goldfarb said disgustedly, pointing at me. I answered with no further prompting.

He was an ironworker," I remarked offhandedly. Derrick looked thunderstruck. "One of those guys who builds tall buildings? The ones who walk out on those high beams? " I laughed. "His belt buckle," I said. " Derrick sounded disappointed, as though he had wanted my answer to be more exotic or complex, something brilliant out of Sherlock Holmes. It occurred to me then that Parker was getting his eyes opened about the reality of being a cop the same way I was learning about the reality of movies and movie stars.

Cassie Young was in the movie business. I found it surprising that she took it so hard, that she was so shocked and shaken, but of course horror-movie masks are done in the name of good clean fun. This wasn't fun or make-believe. This was real—all too real. I turned around to assess the situation. It was as though everyone on the set was frozen in place. Nobody moved. Nobody said a word. On the top surface of the wingwall stood a cluster of men, grouped in a tight circle around what I assumed to be a stricken Hannah Boyer.

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