Robin Burcell. Every Move She Makes (1999) 392 pp. [pbo]
Kate Gillespie, the first female homicide detective in the San Francisco
Police Department, and her partner, Sam Scolari, are investigating the
discovery of a frozen body in pharmaceutical companyís warehouse. When
Samís wife, the coroner on the case, is murdered it looks as if the SoMa
Slasher, a serial killer who has been terrorizing the city, has struck
again. However, Samís sudden disappearance leads everyone to think he is
the murderer. Kate sets out to solve the mystery and prove his innocence.
Complicating the situation are three men competing for her attention: Mike
Torrance, the Internal Affairs investigator following Kate in the hope
that sheíll lead him to Sam; her ex-husband, DA Investigator Reid Bettencourt;
and Nicholas Paolini, a local crime boss against whom Kate is about to
testify and who has been making threats on her life. Author Burcell has been a police officer in Northern
California since 1983.