John A. Peak. M and M (2002) 320 pp.
Only a few months old, Charlotte Sanderson is at Gunnison Memorial
Hospital Emergency Room, the victim of traumatic brain injury most likely
caused by severe shaking or banging. Dr. Vicki Shea, as a pediatrician
and former medical malpractice attorney, concludes that someone almost
killed the baby, though the mother Julia claims an accident happened. Vicki
discounts Julia’s assertion and reports the battering to the authorities.
San Francisco Psych Police Officer Tim Murphy handles the abuse case. As
the child heals, Julia evidently commits suicide. SFPD closes the book
based on a note at the scene, the victim using heroin, her depression over
the baby’s health, and her arrest for probable cause. Vicki disagrees with
the conclusion. With the help of Murphy, she begins her own inquiries that
will lead her into an illegal immigration smuggling ring with a bunch of
new kids and more then just threats on her life as the mobsters running
the train will kill to keep the business going.